On May 20, the St. Lawrence University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to rename Madill Hall, now to be known on campus as Fox Hall, also the designated home of the Fox Center for Academic Opportunity. This recognition of President William L. Fox ’75 and Lynn Smith Fox honors their steadfast dedication to generations of students and the entire Laurentian community.
“Bill and Lynn have made an incredible impact on thousands of students during their 12 years of faithful service,” said Board of Trustees Chair Michael Ranger ’80, P’17. “The trustees, acting from a sense of deeply felt gratitude, wish to recognize their commitment and devotion to the University’s mission by bestowing the Fox name on a distinguished building, one that is becoming so vital to every student’s positive academic experience at St. Lawrence.”
Madill Hall was originally constructed in 1941 as a multi-purposed gymnasium and auditorium for the old State School of Agriculture (SOA). The building, originally named for Ogdensburg surgeon, Grant Madill, a Regent of the State of New York in the 1930s, became part of St. Lawrence University in 1968, when Canton Agricultural and Technical College moved across town to the State University of New York at Canton campus.
Now made ready for the next chapter as Fox Hall, recent multi-million dollar renovations to the interior of the building were completed in the fall of 2018. Under the aegis of the newly named Fox Center for Academic Opportunity, this modern facility will be central to St. Lawrence’s signature student support and advising programs.
Fox Hall’s campus location among academic, residential, and student life centers allows students convenient access to the offices of the First-Year Program (FYP), Sophomore Success Initiative, Academic Advising, Student Accessibility Services, Career Connections, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, as well as peer tutoring, study and student seminar spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.