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New dorm to honor Hargadon

Whitman College, which is being built to become Princeton's sixth residential college, will include a new dormitory named after Fred A. Hargadon, the former dean of admission who served the University from 1988 through 2003. Hargadon Hall is being made possible by a gift from a group of three current and former University trustees.

"This is a wonderful gift," Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman said, noting her sincere thanks to the donors, whose wish to remain anonymous is being honored by the University. "It not only provides one of the dormitories for Whitman College but it also recognizes the critical role that admission deans play in shaping Princeton's future and specifically Fred Hargadon's extraordinary capacities to identify exceptional students, attract them to Princeton and retain a lifelong interest in their achievements."

Hargadon, who spent more than 35 years in the field of college admissions, retired from Princeton last July. The admission office processed an estimated 208,000 applications and admitted about 17,000 students during his tenure. "Dean Fred," as students called him, was famous on campus for his signature acceptance letters, which began with a simple but emphatic: "YES!"

"It's difficult to capture in words how very grateful I am to the alumni who so generously made this gift in my honor," Hargadon said. "Whitman College will enhance the lives, both socially and academically, of many future generations of Princeton students. It not only promises to bring a valuable, new dimension to residential options for students but it will add an outstanding piece of architecture to the campus."

A graduate of Haverford College, Hargadon began his career in admissions in 1964 as dean of admissions at Swarthmore College. He served in the same capacity at Stanford University from 1969 to 1984, then moved to the post of senior vice president of the college board before joining Princeton in 1988.

Whitman College will enable the University to increase undergraduate enrollment by about 500 students. Designed in the collegiate gothic style of many beloved campus buildings, the college is also the cornerstone of an effort to expand options in undergraduate residential life: Whitman will be the first Princeton residence intentionally built to house students from all four classes -- freshman to senior year. The project was launched with a $30 million gift from eBay Inc. president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman, a member of the class of 1977, and her family. Construction is expected to be completed in 2007.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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