(Boston, Revised 10/23/10) New England Law | Boston: The 2010 Dean’s Reception on Friday, October 22, honored Frank A. Scioli, New England Law | Boston’s chief financial officer. Scioli, a valued member of the leadership team whose wise financial counsel has been instrumental in the law school’s development, is retiring this year after 52 years of devoted service.
The Dean’s Reception is held annually to honor members of the law school community who have contributed significantly to the development, reputation, and spirit of the institution. “Frank’s prudence, integrity, and unwavering dedication have helped ensure the law school’s long-term health,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “This celebration of his lengthy career and upcoming retirement is exceedingly well-earned.”
In 1958, Portia Law School, the forerunner to today’s New England Law, added to its staff of five by naming Frank Scioli as student accounts manager. Scioli became chief financial officer in 1962, and over the years, working in concert with the board of trustees and administration, his superior business acumen and engaging personality contributed to the progress of numerous committees, including Budget, Building, Dean’s Search, Endowment, Long-range Planning, Library, Placement, and Space and to the daily management of finances.
He also successfully shepherded the purchase and renovation of the law school’s former Newbury Street location and oversaw the structuring of the $3.7 million bond issue which, in the late 1970s, made possible the purchase and renovation of the law school’s main building at 154 Stuart Street.
Most recently, Scioli and the Trustee Endowment Committee preserved the school’s financial health by having the foresight to move all of the school’s investments out of equities before the economic downturn. Scioli’s characteristic fiscal restraint contributed to New England Law having no debt and owning its main building at 154 Stuart Street and the abutting building at 100 Warrenton Street, as well as the administration building at 46 Church Street.
The recipient of an honorary doctor of business administration degree from New England Law in 1983, Scioli was honored at the 1998 Dean’s Reception in recognition of his then 40 years of service.