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HCHS Events 2019 - Third Quarter Meeting
Sunday, September 8th, 2:30PM

John Hoogakker.

Please join us for our September meeting starting at 2:30PM on Sunday, September 8th. It will be held at the Libbie Mill Library, which is located at 2100 Libbie Lake E St, Richmond, VA 23230. Once you arrive at the library, head for the meeting room on the right of the first floor circulation desk.

John Hoogakker will present "Development of University of Richmond's Westhampton Campus".

There's an interesting history connected with the creation of the University of Richmond campus in Richmond's West End. The effort to relocate the campus from its downtown location began in 1910 with the commissioning of Ralph Adams Cram, renowned Collegiate Gothic architect, to develop an entire new campus on the site of the former Westhampton Amusement Park.

The program will cover the original commission, subsequent decades of development and campus planning for the campus, going forward. The original campus property was all part of Henrico County and today approximately twenty percent of the campus exists within Henrico.

In 2000 the property was named as America's most beautiful campus by The Princeton Review and has consistently remained in the top echelon of that rating since that time.

John Hoogakker has a rich and extensive career in the world of Higher Education. He holds degrees from North Park College in Chicago, IL, and the Virginia Commonwealth University. John served at Rockford College in Illnois and Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan. He began his tenure at the University of Richmond in 1985, retiring in 2011 as Associate Vice President. During his tenure, he administered expansion of educational space on the campus by nearly forty percent. He pursued a "second career" at Washington and Lee University from 2011 to 2016. He has been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal regarding trends in Higher Education campus development. In 2018, he joined the Board of Henrico County Historical Society, serving as the Tuckahoe District Representative.

We look forward to seeing you!

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