Ol’ Dougie B. ’59 finally gets a building.
Looks like commencement speaker Senator Michael Bennet ’87 isn’t the only Bennet Wesleyan is honoring in the coming weeks. His father, Douglas Bennet ’59, P’87, P’94—better known on this campus as Wesleyan’s fifteenth president—will be receiving some attention as well. As Roth slyly announces in the middle of a blog post titled Check Out SWERVED and Good Luck on Finals, “We’ll also be honoring President Douglas Bennet ’59, P’87, P’94 and his family by re-naming Fauver Frosh Bennet Hall.” Well, hey. What would former athletic director Edgar Fauver think? The guy personally vaccinated the entire student body during the smallpox outbreak of 1914. Fauver Field was dedicated in his honor in 1959.
He was the fifteenth president of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the Clinton Administration (1993–95) and Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in the Carter administration (1977–79), was the President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–93), and ran the U.S. Agency for International Development under President Carter (1979–81).
There’s no word on whether or not the change will go into effect in time for the Class of 2016 to unpack in their Bennet forced triples (ResLife’s website still calls it Fauver), but I’m guessing soon. There’s also no explanation as to why they didn’t just name Wesleyan’s newest building, 41 Wyllys, in Bennet’s honor. That place needs a name, not an address. After all, it’s the best thing since sliced bread Usdan. I’m still holding out for “Career Resquash Center.”
In other Roth-related news, the president is giving the commencement address at Eastern Connecticut State University tomorrow, and he just did an interview with Northeast Public Radio “about Wesleyan, Freud, memory and history.” Who knew he was interested in those subjects?