HAMDEN  — Four of the nation’s most prominent corporate executives are heading back to the college classroom.

Robert Castrignano, principal of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, LP; David M. Darst, managing director and chief investment strategist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; James W. McGlothlin, chairman & CEO of the United Co.; and William C. Weldon, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to team-teach a capstone course on leadership at the Quinnipiac University School of Business in the spring 2013 semester.

Donald Weinbach, Quinnipiac’s vice president for development and alumni affairs, said the four executives will be the first to teach in the university’s new Executive Professor Program, which will bring current and past corporate leaders to campus to teach classes in QU’s AACSB-accredited School of Business.

“It's critically important that business students understand and appreciate the leadership challenges that business executives face,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “I can think of no better way for students to learn about these issues than by a senior seminar on leadership that is co-taught by CEOs and directors of leading firms. This will be a wonderful experience for our students.”

Weinbach made the announcement at Quinnipiac’s ninth annual Business Leader Hall of Fame dinner held November 3 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. At the event, Darst and McGlothlin were inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding leaders who serve as inspirational figures for young people entering the world of business. Weldon, a Quinnipiac alumnus and secretary of the university’s board of trustees, was inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame in 2004.

 NORTH HAVEN — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce held its 69th annual meeting and luncheon at Fantasia in North Haven on May 19th. The QChamber recognized outgoing board of directors and elected new directors. Scholarships were also presented to seven graduating students thanks to the largess of the Frederick DeLuca Foundation, QBEF/Cellular Connection, the Executive Auto Group and Roberts Chrysler Dodge. Nucor Steel Connecticut Inc. and Michaels’s Trattoria, both of Wallingford, were named Shining Stars for their commitment to business and the community. Also, the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home — identified as the oldest extant business in Wallingford — was presented with a plaque.

 WEST HAVEN — A gift of $1 million from an anonymous alumnus will fund the exterior renovation of Maxcy Hall, built in 1909 and one of the original three buildings on the University of New Haven campus. Maxcy Hall presently serves as the university’s main administration building. UNH acquired the approximately 98,000-square-foot building in 1960 when it moved to its current campus from downtown New Haven. The structure had formerly housed the New Haven County Orphanage. The restoration includes power-washing, restoring deteriorated brick and stone, painting the exterior and replacing rain gutters.

“We are tremendously grateful for this transformational gift that will enable us to fully restore our signature building’s exterior, furthering our ongoing efforts to beautify the university’s campus,” says UNH President Steven H. Kaplan.

The gift is the second million-dollar donation UNH received in May. The first, a gift from the Wintek Technology Corp. of Taiwan announced May 9, will establish an advanced training program for police officers from Taiwan and China at UNH’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.