Dean’s Update: Celebrating William Walsh Hagerty
[The Dean's Update is a reoccurring column introducing the Libraries' monthly newsletter In Circulation.]
Anniversaries provide us with an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate milestones. They become significant when shared among those most affected by their impact and when they disclose new insights. Next Friday, the Libraries will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Walsh Hagerty who served as Drexel’s president from 1963 to 1984.
While Dr. Hagerty’s birthdate falls during a particularly busy day of commencement exercises, we hope members of our community, visiting parents, families, and friends will be able to join some of the festivities on Friday, June 10th from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in W. W. Hagerty Library. The event will feature a talk, an exhibit, and a custom Cake Boss cake in the shape of the Hagerty Library building. For more information, please visit our event listing.
Dr. Hagerty was a visionary leader who led many changes, not least of which was transforming an institute to a university, and foreseeing the critical role of personal computers in student lives. And for those of us working in the Libraries, we are pleased to remember Dr. Hagerty for his support of constructing only the second library facility in Drexel’s history and that bears his name. We are grateful to his family for enabling us to continue his commitment to innovation by renovating spaces for current Drexel students to experience information in new and exciting ways.
Please join me for this once-in-a-century tribute later this month!
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD
Dean of Libraries