On Friday 17 March the Rector Professor Sir Rick Trainor was delighted to welcome Henry and Cheryl Kloppenburg to Cohen Quad to open formally the Kloppenburg Room. The event took place ahead of the formal opening of Cohen Quad and the associated celebrations, which occurred over the weekend of 18 and 19 March.
Henry, who came to Exeter in 1968 to read Law as a Rhodes Scholar from Saskatchewan province, Canada, made a generous gift together with his wife, Cheryl, to the Cohen Quad development. The College was therefore delighted to name one of the larger seminar rooms in their honour.
Situated just off the south colonnade near the entrance hall of Cohen Quad, the room looks out onto Worcester Place and features the original 1918 windows from the retained façade. The room has already been used extensively by Exeter fellows for seminars in Hilary term, and it was used further during the celebration weekend as postgraduate students and fellows spoke about their current research to the guests who attended the events.
We are very grateful for the generosity of Henry and Cheryl, who have already pledged their ongoing support to fund the College’s fellowship in Politics, currently held by Dr Michael Hart. This is great news for all future students as it means that the teaching of Politics at Exeter is guaranteed going forwards.