The Info List - Benjamin Franklin College

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
College[1] is a residential college for undergraduates of Yale College
Yale College
in New Haven, Connecticut. It opened to students for the 2017 academic year. History[edit]

Benjamin Franklin, namesake of the college

In 2008, Yale University
Yale University
President Rick Levin
Rick Levin
announced that the college had the resources to educate more students and thus would expand its enrollment by opening two new residential colleges for a total of fourteen.[2] Architectural models were unveiled by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in May 2009, featuring "a sampling of Gothic styles from across Yale’s campus," notably inspired by the early 20th-century buildings of James Gamble Rogers.[3] Construction began in the fall of 2014,[4] with an official groundbreaking ceremony in April 2015.[5] In April 2016, the university announced that the colleges would be named after Pauli Murray
Pauli Murray
and Benjamin Franklin.[6] Franklin was chosen at the behest of Charles B. Johnson, class of 1954, who had made the single largest gift in Yale's history. Johnson saw Franklin as a personal role model and was the chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments, a global investment firm named after Franklin. Johnson asked for its consideration but did not stipulate that Yale use the name.[7] The naming decision was met with an outcry by students and faculty.[8] Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
College is the southern of the two new colleges,[9] referred to as "South College" in some earlier documents.[10] Upon their opening to students for the 2017 academic year, the two colleges increased Yale's undergraduate capacity by 15 percent from 5,400 to 6,200 seats.[11] Charles Bailyn, A. Bartlett Giamatti
A. Bartlett Giamatti
Professor of Astronomy and Physics, is the first head of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
College,[1] and Jessie Hill, the former dean of Silliman College, is its first dean.[12] References[edit]

^ a b "Heads of the two new residential colleges are named". Yale University. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.  ^ Lewin, Tamar (June 8, 2008). "Yale to Expand Undergraduate Enrollment by 15 Percent". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.  ^ "Stern unveils models of new colleges". Retrieved 2018-03-20.  ^ "Work begins on new colleges, unofficially". Retrieved 2018-03-20.  ^ "Construction of new residential colleges an 'affirmation of Yale's future'". YaleNews. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2018-03-20.  ^ Remnick, Noah (April 27, 2016). "Yale Defies Calls to Rename Calhoun College". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.  ^ Stanley-Becker, Tom (April 27, 2016). "Yale keeps the Calhoun name despite racial concerns, but ditches the 'master' title". Washington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2016.  ^ Shimer, David (April 27, 2016). " Pauli Murray
Pauli Murray
LAW '65, Benjamin Franklin honored". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 27, 2016.  ^ Salovey, Peter (April 27, 2016). "Decisions on Residential College Names and "Master" Title". Yale University
Yale University
(Official Yale University Messages). Retrieved July 8, 2016.  ^ "Architect's Renderings of the New Residential Colleges" (.pdf). Yale University. April 15, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2016.  ^ Anderson, Nick (December 21, 2016). "Yale set for biggest expansion in 40 years". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286.  ^ "Deans for Murray and Franklin colleges announced". Yale News. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 

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