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@Rochester: May 15, 2009

@Rochester: May 15, 2009

Special Announcement

Rochester's Engineering School Named for Edmund A. Hajim

Today, the University announced that its engineering school will, effective July 1, be officially named the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The naming recognizes alumnus Edmund Hajim’s many decades of service and contributions to the University, including his $30 million gift commitment last fall to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Hajim earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Rochester in 1958, has had a highly successful career as a senior executive for several Wall Street firms, has served for the past year as the Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, and has been a member of the Board since 1988.

“Ed Hajim’s gift commitment is the largest single gift commitment in the history of the University,” said President Seligman. “It is all the more remarkable that he made this commitment during an economic emergency. Ed’s conviction that education is the answer to nearly every social problem and his devotion to the University of Rochester are inspirations to all of us. He has been a great leader on our Board of Trustees in helping us solve university-wide problems. Now he is the greatest type of leader in a different sense—one who leads by example.”

“I have been proud to be associated with the University of Rochester for more than 50 years,” Hajim said. “And I now consider myself lucky to be able to make a long-term contribution to its growth and the training of its students. This University will remain a leader in addressing the many challenges facing society, and I am honored to play a role in and be associated with that important legacy.”

University celebrations for the naming are planned for Meliora Weekend, Oct. 8-11, including a formal dedication ceremony and an engineering symposium. Read more...

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