New engineering building to be named for school’s former dean

Washington University in St. Louis has announced that the next building in its engineering complex will be named in honor of James M. McKelvey Sr., for 27 years the dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall, to be located south of Preston M. Green Hall, will house the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and support Washington University’s data science efforts. The new building is made possible by a lead commitment of $15 million from Washington University alumnus and McKelvey’s son, Jim Jr.

“We are tremendously grateful for the McKelvey family’s deep and lasting contributions to our university,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. “They have been involved in nearly every way imaginable. With this generous gift, Jim Jr. further enhances his family’s commitment to the university and helps us honor his father’s remarkable legacy at the School of Engineering & Applied Science.”

“Washington University has played a pivotal role in my life and in my father’s life,” said McKelvey Jr. “I am excited to be able to recognize my father’s incredible service at the School of Engineering & Applied Science in a way that will continue to impact faculty and students for generations to come.”

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