New Harvey Mudd Residence Hall Named for Alumnus, Board Chair

In less than two months, Harvey Mudd College will open its ninth residence hall on campus, and it will be the second dorm named for an alumnus.

In recognition of his extraordinary leadership of the board and of The Campaign for Harvey Mudd College, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees announced the College’s newest residence hall will be named in honor of Wayne Drinkward ’73—board chair, alumnus and donor. The new dormitory will be named the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall.

Harvey Mudd College is a residential campus where students learn together in and outside the classroom and lab. Ninety-nine percent of students live on campus all four years, creating an energetic, supportive community.

“Wayne and his wife, Julie, have been stalwart supporters of the College and its mission,” said President Maria Klawe in her email announcement to the Harvey Mudd community. “In addition to providing the lead gift for the new dorm, the couple previously provided significant support toward the construction of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning.”

In recognition of the couple’s support of the Shanahan Center, the recital hall bears their names and provides the gift of music to students and the surrounding Claremont community. Wayne, an engineering alumnus, is president and CEO of Hoffman Construction Company, the Pacific Northwest’s largest locally owned construction company. In addition to supporting Harvey Mudd College, he is active with many industry and community service organizations.

The Frederick (’64) and Susan Sontag Residence Hall was completed in 2005 and became the first building in The Claremont Colleges consortium to be granted LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive design. The Drinkward Residence Hall is seeking LEED Silver certification.

A dedication ceremony is planned for the Harvey Mudd community in September to celebrate the opening of the Drinkward Residence Hall and to recognize those who have given generously toward its construction.

More information is available about the project and naming opportunities within the Drinkward Residence Hall.