A ceremony ribbon-cutting at the recently refurbished Admissions Center on South Main Street will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Significant improvements to the building were made possible through a generous donation of nearly $1 million from Thomas B. Poole ’61 P’91, and his wife, Mary Jane Poole.
Previously, Hobart and William Smith Colleges admissions staff occupied two buildings; this gift helped to combine the staff under a single roof and improve a prospective student’s visit to campus. The funding enabled the Colleges to acquire 50 percent more space through an addition to one of the buildings, while keeping its historic appearance stylistically the same. Renovations began in the spring of 2005 and the staff moved in January 2006.
“This very generous gift has been used to consolidate the admissions operation into one building, although it is much more than bringing staffs together in one place,” says Don Emmons, vice president of enrollments and dean of admissions.
“It is a major upgrade of the front end ‘living room’ of the campus, the place that is a prospect’s first experience with the Colleges on campus — and a critical one.”
The renovations included modernizing and upgrading the entire admissions facility by improving office space, furniture, conference room, reception area and landscaping.
Poole has also been instrumental in securing funding for Bristol Field House, the McCooey AstroTurf Stadium, the Napier Leadership Seminar, the John Topichak Memorial Team Room, the Bob Ford Basketball Team Room and the revitalized Soccer Team Room now named for him.
In 1995, he received the William Napier Memorial Award for his outstanding service to Hobart Athletics and to the SAA. He received a citation from the Hobart Alumni Association in June 1986, and was inducted into the Hobart Statesmen Hall of Fame in October 2002.
Poole also chaired the search committee that brought Mark D. Gearan from the Peace Corps directorship to the presidency of the Colleges in the summer of 1999.