University Renames Newest Building George A. Pruitt Hall

September 18, 2017

Thomas Edison State University has recently unveiled building signage designating Glen Cairn Hall as George A. Pruitt Hall.

“We believe this is a fitting tribute that recognizes Dr. Pruitt’s leadership, vision and more than 30 years of tireless service to our University, our students and alumni, and the city of Trenton,” said Brian Maloney, chair of the University Board of Trustees. “His leadership has been transformational and positions us to continue changing the lives of the students we serve.”

Pruitt has maintained a fervent commitment to improving the University’s campus in downtown Trenton through the restoration of several historic buildings. Under his leadership, the University has helped stimulate economic growth in the city and led many civic partnerships designed to improve the city’s State House Historic District. The Glen Cairn project transformed one of Trenton’s gateways.

Pruitt was active in the passage of the Building Our Future Bond Act, approved by voters in 2012.  This initiative helped make it possible for the University to acquire the blighted Glen Cairn Arms apartment complex and erect the University’s newest building in its place. It remains home to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and the University’s student advising center.

The new designation is now visible above the main entrance to the building facing West State Street. The University also unveiled a portrait of Pruitt, which is located in the first-floor atrium of the building. The building designation and portrait unveiling were held on Friday, Sept. 15 following the University’s Board of Trustees meeting.

In June, the University announced Pruitt’s decision to step down as president at the end of 2017. The University is conducting a national search to find its next president.

About Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by The New York Times as “the college that paved the way for flexibility,” Thomas Edison State University is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The University is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University. Learn more at