Gift to name Yoseloff Hall in Princeton’s Butler College

February 23, 2011

A gift from Anthony A. Yoseloff, a member of Princeton's class of 1996, and his wife, Nanar, will name a dormitory in Butler College.

Yoseloff Hall is the fourth named dormitory in Butler College, whose redesign was the culminating effort in the University's launch of its four-year residential college system, and an innovative example of environmentally sustainable construction.

"Tony and Nanar Yoseloff are great supporters of Princeton and the Aspire campaign," Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman said. "They know that vibrant residential colleges and state-of-the-art dormitories like Yoseloff Hall play a critical role in enriching the undergraduate experience and building lifelong friendships. Both I and the many students who call Butler College home, as well as future generations of Princetonians, are deeply grateful to Tony and Nanar for their generosity."

Butler College, located near the south end of the University's central campus, re-opened to students in fall 2009 after a reconstruction project begun in 2007. The re-opening marked the end of a transition to a new residential college system that features three four-year colleges paired with three two-year colleges. Yoseloff Hall, a two-story brick and limestone dormitory at the northwest corner of the Butler complex, is home to 62 undergraduates and is one of the three Butler College dorms with a green roof to decrease storm water runoff and improve heating and cooling efficiency. Yoseloff Hall connects to four other dorms through Butler Commons, a central social space on the lower level that includes a food court and café with indoor and outdoor seating. The redeveloped Butler College complex was designed by Harry Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York.

Yoseloff is an investment professional based in New York. He earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well as a certificate in the Program in American Studies.

"My wife and I are honored to be able to provide the funds for one of the final new dormitories in Butler College," Yoseloff said. "We are big believers in supporting education. The university system is one of the real competitive strengths of the United States, and we think of Princeton as one of its crown jewels. It is exciting to know that, as a result of this gift, additional students will be able to take advantage of the Princeton experience each year.

"Private philanthropy has become more important than ever to make sure that universities have the funding to thrive, and it is incumbent on the private sector to provide these funds," Yoseloff continued. "Residential life is key to the Princeton experience, and we expect that for generations students will enjoy the use of this wonderfully designed residential college."

The Yoseloffs' gift also includes a generous contribution to Annual Giving, a source of unrestricted funds for the University, in honor of Anthony's 15th reunion this spring. Their previous support of Princeton includes a 2006 donation to name the Anthony and Nanar Yoseloff Master's Suite in Whitman College, one of the six undergraduate residential colleges at Princeton, along with Butler. This latest gift is part of the University's current $1.75 billion fundraising campaign, Aspire: A Plan for Princeton.

Yoseloff also is a member of the Aspire campaign executive committee and campaign co-chair for the New York Metro region.