Franklin College (Yale University)
|Benjamin Franklin College|
|Residential college at Yale University|
|Location||90 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06520|
|Named for||Benjamin Franklin|
|Sister college||Selwyn College, Cambridge |
Keble College, Oxford
|Dean||Jessie Royce Hill|
In 2008, Yale University President 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. 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. Construction began in the fall of 2014, with an official groundbreaking ceremony in April 2015. In April 2016, the university announced that the colleges would be named after Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin. 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. The naming decision was met with an outcry by students and faculty.
Benjamin Franklin College is the southern of the two new colleges, referred to as "South College" in some earlier documents. 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.
Charles Bailyn, A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and Physics, is the first head of Benjamin Franklin College, and Jessie Hill, the former dean of Silliman College, is its first dean.
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