John Hunter joined the Princeton staff in 1999 and is currently a senior technician for the School of Architecture. He oversees two architecture laboratories and instructs lab classes that accompany lectures taught by University professors, assists students with architectural projects and manages the lab shop monitor program. By utilizing both traditional cutting machinery and high-tech computerized equipment, John teaches students how to build sound architectural structures and understand their limitations.
John exemplifies Princeton’s informal motto “In the Nation’s Service, In the Service of All Nations.” His work centers on his technical abilities, but outside of the University community he uses his passion for humanitarianism to help others. In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina ravished Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region, John wanted to use his extensive knowledge of construction and architecture to help families rebuild their homes and lives.
At that time, the University initiated a temporary Humanitarian Relief Efforts Policy so that employees could take a leave of absence to volunteer to help rebuild the Gulf Coast area. Under the policy, John and his wife Jane Hunter
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, were reimbursed for travel and related expenses incurred as a direct result of their humanitarian efforts. John states, “I was planning on paying for the trip, but the University made it easy for us.” As a result, the Hunters were able to take two daughters to Louisiana to teach them the importance of volunteer service.
Still looking to do more, John took four more humanitarian relief trips along with other University staff members. Together they helped to gut houses, establish a church as a humanitarian station, clean up waste, and build an addition onto a home for an elderly couple. John says, “I am here for the students but I have a heart for mission projects.”
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