Brookings Quadrangle bench to be dedicated for Jim McLeod Sept. 16

Washington University in St. Louis’ Black Alumni Council will host a dedication of a Brookings Quadrangle bench in honor of Jim McLeod at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. A reception will follow in South Brookings, Room 100.


The bench was donated in memory of McLeod by members and friends of the Black Alumni Council.

James E. “Jim” McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, died Sept. 6, 2011, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

McLeod helped build a warm, supportive and challenging student culture that is unique in the nation.

Recognized as one of the university’s most effective leaders, McLeod spearheaded many successful undergraduate efforts, including developing a residential college approach to dormitory living; strengthening the undergraduate advising system; establishing and building the John B. Ervin Scholars Program; and helping initiate and shape the expanded study-abroad program.

For more information on the dedication, contact Cynthia Cosby at (314) 935-5645 or For more information about McLeod, visit