EWING, N.J. — The College of New Jersey’s president is backing a recommendation to change the name of a building because its namesake was tied to segregation.
President R. Barbara Gitenstein posted on the school’s website that she’ll ask the school’s trustees to rename Paul Loser Hall. She says she came to the conclusion with sadness, but without regret.
Loser was a former school superintendent in Trenton and his family had donated $1 million to the college in 1987 and $5 million in 2006.
A group of students in November questioned having his name on a building after they found he had testified in a 1944 lawsuit that black students “were better off when separated from whites.”