PSS: a presidential visit

ON APRIL 11, FORMER RENSSELAER PRESIDENT CORNELIUS J. BARTON VISITED the school’s residence halls to speak with students. Barton is one of two living residence hall namesakes with Howard N. Blitman being the other. In April 1998, Barton was brought out of retirement and given the title of President after the resignation of then-president R. Byron Pipes. Although he was only president from 1998 to 1999, Barton was the driving force behind many changes on campus that have lasted to this day. Noteworthy changes include the laptop requirement for every student and the reconstruction of the Approach. Furthermore, Barton brought in former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman and current Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson as his replacement. Today, Barton is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees. Barton discussed the goals he set and subsequent actions he took as president in his conversations with current students. The meeting ended with a special surprise for Barton. RPI National Residence Hall Honorary Chapter President Lorne Nix ’14 and Chapter Advisor Assistant Dean Randi Mogul awarded the former leader with an honorary membership into the National Residence Honorary. This award was bestowed upon Barton on account of his representation of the four pillars of NRHH: leadership, service, scholastics, and recognition.