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Forester News

Brown Hall: Renovation and expansion

Trustee William G. Brown and his wife, Solange Brown, have generously pledged a lead gift of $9 million: one-half of the estimated $18 million that will be required to renovate and expand Young Hall, once known to many as College Hall.

The completed facility will feature contemporary new classrooms and student spaces designed for twenty-first century teaching and learning. The College will rename the facility Brown Hall, in recognition of the Browns’ remarkable generosity.

The project will enable the College’s highly regarded Career Advancement Center (CAC), which was recently featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article along with Rutgers and Stanford universities, to be relocated to Middle Campus. One-third of all Lake Forest College courses will be taught in Brown Hall, and the co-location of CAC and academic departments demonstrates the integration between the College’s academic and postgraduate mission to “prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers.”

At the heart of Brown Hall will be a two-story thoroughfare that will be known as the Crawford Leadership Foyer, named for and made possible by Lake Forest businessperson and new College Trustee Robert W. Crawford and his wife, Winnie. This handsome space, which hundreds of students will pass through each day, will showcase Lake Forest College alumni leaders in business, education, and public service, along with many other walks of life.

Fundraising is underway so the College can break ground on this important campus project before the fall of 2019. Please contact Vice President for External Relations Philip Hood at 847-735-6000 or hood@lakeforest.edu for information regarding naming opportunities. The College is seeking to complete the renovated building and annex by 2021.