Margaret and Robert Hariri name new dorm to support student expansion

Margaret and Dr. Robert Hariri made a major donation to the Venture Forward campaign to support the expansion of students at Princeton University. Hariri Hall, a new dormitory in Yeh College, will welcome students in the fall of 2022.

“Maggie and Bob Hariri have embraced Princeton’s mission-driven focus to increase opportunities for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83. “We are deeply grateful for their leadership and its impact on the generations of Princeton students who will call Hariri Hall home.”

Margaret and Dr. Robert Hariri have made a big donation to the university that will name a new dormitory at Yeh College this fall. All three of their children are going to Princeton or graduating.

In August, Princeton will open its first new student housing facility since 2007. Yeh College will become Princeton’s seventh residential university, and the adjacent New College West will be the new home for students and staff of the former First College. Located along Elm Drive near Poe Field, the new residences will house approximately 500 students, allowing the university to expand its undergraduate student population by 10 percent, allowing additional high-achieving students to realize the benefits of a Princeton degree. , will increase the diversity and vitality of the campus community and contribute to society after graduation.

“Education is the great equalizer, and one of the things that has always impressed us about Princeton is how the university focuses on using its campus environment to foster tremendously close relationships among the students,” said Dr. Hariri. “Princeton faculty and people are so generous with their time and intellect, and so deeply committed to the university, that they help perpetuate this Princeton community that lasts the entire life of the students.”

“It’s great to be able to give this as a gift so that others like us – from working-class backgrounds – can go to Princeton,” said Margaret Hariri. “We are fortunate to be able to support the expansion of the possibilities of a Princeton education so that students from different backgrounds can pursue their dreams and wear those beautiful Princeton colors with pride throughout their lives.”

The residential colleges have shaped life on the Princeton campus since the current system was introduced in the early 1980s, and the close-knit community of colleges — which currently includes Butler, First, Forbes, Mathey, Rockefeller, and Whitman — remains essential to Princeton’s mission and distinguishing features. education model. Integrating on-campus dining, social and academic life, the colleges are designed as “centers not only for living, but also for learning”, providing peer and collaborative learning environments integral to student development and that support an inclusive campus community.

Once Yeh College and New College West open in the fall, First College, which dates back to 1968, will close and begin construction on Princeton’s eighth residential college, Hobson College. in place. Yeh College and New College West will share some key features such as dining areas and common areas. Their location extends the university’s residential area south to a point where the more formal landscapes of the central campus lead to the natural landscapes of Lake Carnegie. The proximity to other residential colleges – Butler, First and Whitman – and the recreational open space on Poe and Pardee fields will support interaction, involvement and a strong sense of community. Deborah Berke Partners, an architectural firm known for its inventive and sustainable buildings and spaces that enable community engagement, designed the new residential colleges.

“The residential college system is the cornerstone of student life in Princeton, and the construction of new dormitories is essential to preserving and extending the university’s dynamic student experience,” said Jill Dolan, dean of the university. “We are grateful to Maggie and Bob Hariri for their unwavering support for Princeton’s future, and we are proud to welcome students to Hariri Hall.”

Robert Hariri is the chairman, founder, and chief executive officer of Celularity, Inc., a leading human cellular therapies company. He has pioneered the use of stem cells to treat life-threatening diseases and has made transformative contributions to tissue engineering. From 1987-1994, Hariri was the co-founder, vice president and chief scientific officer of Neurodynamics, a neurosurgical medical device company. He founded Anthrogenesis Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on human stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, in 1998, and served as CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics after Anthrogenesis was acquired by Celgene Corporation. He also co-founded Human Longevity, a genomics-based health information company that combines DNA sequencing and expert analysis with machine learning. Hariri received his MD, Ph.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is an adjunct professor of neurological surgery.

Margaret Hariri is a former special education teacher who transitioned to marketing and regulatory affairs alongside Robert at Neurodynamics and currently heads several of Hariri’s family businesses. She has served as a trustee, board member or campaign vice chair for several organizations including Liberty Science Center, Overlook Medical Center and BlinkNow, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth in Nepal.

The Hariri Family Foundation has made numerous philanthropic donations to support scientific and health research, education, arts and community service organizations, including the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS/TDF Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Roundabout Theater and the Intrepid Historical Foundation . The Hariris have established two chairs at the alma maters of Dr. Hariri: Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine.

The Venture Forward Campaign is a mission-driven campaign that focuses on Princeton University’s strengths in the liberal arts, pushing the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines, and working together to promote inclusion, humanities, science, the arts, public policy, and technology. The campaign has three areas of impact: deepening the engagement of the Princeton alumni community; provide a platform to communicate Princeton’s service to humanity and its vision for the future; and securing philanthropic support for the university’s strategic initiatives.

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