McFadden Hall dedicated July 29 The University of South Dakota's newest housing option for older students was dedicated during a 4 p.m. ceremony on July 29.
McFadden Hall, named in honor of Dr. Joseph McFadden, who made remarks during the event, is the newest addition to the USD campus and is part of a more than $14 million, three-year effort to revitalize and upgrade campus housing. Tours for the public and press followed the dedication.
McFadden Hall is home to 100 students with the possibility of expanding if demand is high. It has quickly become the most popular housing option on campus.
The former Brighton Heights building was renovated to offer apartment style living to students at who are at least two years out of high school.
The building underwent several renovations before it was up to the USD boarding standards. First, a fire sprinkler system had to be installed, along with high-speed data cable for a fast Internet connection.
Bedroom furniture was provided in every room. The rooms are designed in an apartment setting where four students will share a living and dining room, but have their own bedroom.
By renovating the Brighton Heights, which was built in 1990, USD saved more than half of the cost of a new building. The new hall is already filled and a waiting list is expected.
McFadden was the 15th president of the university from 1982 to 1988 after a distinguished career as a college educator and an administrator. He was president of Northern State University in Aberdeen before coming to USD.
He is currently a professor of history and president emeritus at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Dr. McFadden was also chair of the National Music Museum Board of Trustees and continues to serve as an honorary trustee.