Posted May 22, 2008 Atlanta
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Former Tech President Helped Develop West Campus
In recognition of former Georgia Tech President John Patrick Crecine's contributions, the Institute has recommended to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia naming Hemphill Apartment Building on West Campus the John Patrick Crecine Residence Hall.
While serving as the Institute's ninth president, Crecine is credited with leading efforts to secure the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games for Atlanta-which in turn reshaped the campus landscape, primarily West Campus-as well as for restructuring Georgia Tech on the academic level. This re-organization led to the creation of the College of Computing, the College of Sciences and the forerunner of the Ivan Allen College.
The hall faces Hemphill Avenue, houses roughly 322 graduate and undergraduate students and borders Eighth and Ninth streets. Other chief West Campus landmarks include the Undergraduate Living Center, the Aquatic Center (now part of the Campus Recreation Center) and other residence halls.
Crecine was honored by President G. Wayne Clough, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, architect and Georgia Tech alum, John Portman, and Tech faculty members at a memorial service in the Alumni Association's ballroom May 20. He passed away April 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet again in June and August. Agenda items are posted on the Friday prior to the meeting date.