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The Story Behind the Building: Rauch Administration Center


This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.

The Story Behind the Building: Rauch Administration Center

If you’ve had the opportunity to visit Bentley during the past 25 years, the Rauch Administration Center is probably a familiar sight. Situated on the proverbial front doorstep of campus, the center was constructed in 1986 and is home to the Office of the President and other senior university officers, the Board of Trustees Meeting Room, and a variety of administrative offices.

The building is named for HENRY RAUCH ’24 one of the most influential individuals in Bentley history. Rauch played a critical role in developing the then-Bentley School of Accounting and Finance into Bentley College.  Asked to join the board in 1948 by founder Harry C. Bentley, his personal friend and associate, Rauch became one of 27 charter members of the Board of Trustees. In 1970, he was elected board chairman and served in that capacity for most of the decade. His leadership helped guide Bentley through a period of expansion and prosperity, as facilities, enrollment and the endowment enjoyed significant growth. 

In recognition of his myriad contributions, Rauch received the first honorary degree ever conferred by Bentley, in 1980. Another of his many firsts was being elected chairman emeritus by the Board of Trustees. Rauch and his children, Elizabeth Rainoff and Dudley Rauch, are among the school’s great benefactors. In addition to making other generous gifts, the family established the Faculty Enrichment Grants, which now support the university’s PhD program. In addition, Elizabeth Rainoff served on the Board of Trustees from 1981 to 2000.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit


by Bentley University November 11, 2014

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