The Hartford Courant profiled former Wesleyan Dean of Admissions Jack Hoy ’55 in its Extraordinary Lives column. Under his leadership, Wesleyan began actively recruiting black students for the first time.
“Jack set Wesleyan on a course of leadership in equal access and racial diversity in American higher education,” said Steven Pfeiffer, former chairman of the university’s board of trustees. ”Under Jack’s leadership, Wesleyan was the first of the top tier colleges and universities to give African American students of talent and potential a fair shot at what private institutions of higher education like Wesleyan had to offer young Americans.”
Hoy died July 9 at the age of 79.