Martin J. Mannion ’81 and his wife, Tristin Mannion, have made a major gift to Princeton University that will help support undergraduate student expansion. Mannion Hall, a new dormitory in New College East, will welcome students in fall 2022.
“Tristin and Marty Mannion are philanthropic leaders working to expand access for kindergarten students through college,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83. “Recognizing the transformational impact an education at Princeton can bring, they have been thoughtful partners as the University expands and enhances its residential college system to support more talented students. We are deeply grateful to Tristin and Marty for their generosity and look forward to the opening of Mannion Hall.
In August, the University will open its seventh and eighth residential colleges, New College East and New College West, adjacent to Poe Field along Elm Drive. The new residence halls will house approximately 500 students – a 10% increase in the student body – allowing the University to admit more high-achieving students who will realize the benefits of a Princeton education, enhance the diversity and vitality of the campus community and contribute to society after graduation.
“Princeton has had a huge impact on my family’s life, and I’m so grateful for that,” said Martin, president of Summit Partners, a Boston-based global growth capital firm. “I grew up in a building in the Bronx on the fifth floor, the son of Irish immigrants, and very soon there will be a building on the Princeton campus with our family’s name on it. Maybe some future Princeton students will see Mannion Hall, learn this story, and think, “I can do that too.” » »
“Supporting efforts to expand student access and affordability is important to us, based on our own experiences as students who have received financial aid,” said Tristin Mannion. “As a parent of Princeton students, I appreciate the transformative impact of an education at Princeton and want to help extend those opportunities to more students.”
Residential colleges have shaped campus life at Princeton since the current system was instituted in the early 1980s, and the colleges remain central to Princeton’s mission and distinctive educational model. The colleges – which currently include Butler, First, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller and Whitman – are designed as “centres not only for living but also for learning”, playing a formative role in the development of student identity, community campus and a collegial and collaborative environment. .
Once New College East and New College West open in the fall, the University will close First College and begin building Hobson College in its place. The East and West Colleges will share some important features, such as dining halls and common areas. Their location extends the residential area of the University south to a point where the more formal landscapes of Central Campus lead into the natural landscapes of Lake Carnegie. The proximity to other residential colleges – Butler, First and Whitman – and the recreational open space on the Poe/Pardee grounds will foster interaction, engagement and a strong sense of community. Deborah Berke Partners, an architectural firm known for its inventive and sustainable buildings and spaces that enable community engagement, designed the new residential colleges.
“For more than 40 years, the residential college system has been the foundation of Princeton’s undergraduate academic and co-curricular experience,” said Jill Dolan, dean of the college. “Building our new colleges on Poe Field allows the University to enhance and expand its mission as an inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. We are grateful to Tristin and Marty and the Mannion family for their commitment to future Princeton students. And we’re excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Mannion Hall when its doors open for the first time in August.
Martin is a Senior Advisor at Summit Partners, where he has worked since 1985, and Chairman of its Board of Directors. During his tenure, he served as Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Summit. He has led investments and served on the board of more than 35 companies, and is currently a director of CareCentrix and Champion. After graduating with an economics degree from Princeton, where he played college basketball, Martin worked as a systems engineer at IBM before earning his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Martin serves as Chairman of the Board of Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Up Education Network, a Massachusetts organization whose mission is to transform underperforming public schools into exceptional learning environments. He also serves on the board of Rockefeller Capital Management and as a trustee of Regis High School in New York. He previously served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Belmont Hill School, Children’s Hospital Trust of Boston, Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, and The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Tristin has worked as an attorney with Deutsch, Williams and Peabody & Brown in Boston and is an advisor to the Martin J. & Tristin Mannion Charitable Trust. She is vice-president and trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and a member of the board of directors of the VIA Art Fund. She is also a trustee of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; and for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“I think the world of Princeton,” Martin said. “It’s a special place because of the relationships you build over those four years on campus. And working to get out of it academically and athletically has changed things for me. When I look back I realize that not everyone would have taken a chance on a kid with a heavy Bronx accent, polyester clothes and a mullet and given him the opportunity in one of the best schools in the world. And I’m grateful for that. »