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Paul Hardin (1931- ) and Hardin Residence Hall

Paul Hardin (1931- ) (right) with President Bill Clinton (1946- ) Hardin Residence Hall, completed 2002

Completed in 2002, this residence hall bears the name of Paul Hardin, university chancellor from 1988 to 1995. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hardin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1952 and then first in his class in its law school. After serving in the U.S. Army’s counterintelligence unit, he worked as a lawyer. He taught at Duke Law School before embarking on a career as a university president. He held the office of president at Wofford College, Southern Methodist University and Drew University before coming to Carolina in 1988. He served as chancellor during the university’s bicentennial celebration and accompanying fundraising drive.