Hobson College, named after Mellody Hobson, will be built on the site of what used to be Wilson College. Princeton residential colleges provide accommodation and catering for students.
“When I was approached for this opportunity last year, I was very drawn to the symbolism of a black woman replacing the name of someone who would not have supported my admission three decades ago and what it would have represented for future generations, “he said Hobson in a video in Princeton.
“My hope is that my name will remind future generations of students – especially those who are black and brown and ‘first’ in their families – that they too belong. Renaming Wilson College is my very personal way of letting them know. our past must not be our future “.
The university said Hobson and the Hobson / Lucas Family Foundation – named after Hobson and director George Lucas’ husband – gave the “main gift” to establish the new building. Construction on the site is expected to begin in 2023 and be completed in 2026, the school said.
Jay Croft of CNN contributed to this report.