During his tenure, Samuel Hill initiated the largest capital improvements program in the college’s history up to that time. The centerpiece was the construction of John L. Hill Chapel, which was completed in 1949. Named in honor of an 1899 alumnus, who was a faculty member and first dean of the college, the chapel replaced the one that burned in 1930. Academic facilities also received great attention. A music building and a new library were built, and the physics building, built in 1861, was converted into general classrooms. Living space for male students and faculty were created, and a modern kitchen and cafeteria were constructed in the dining hall. He also saw the college through the World War II era, when enrollments dropped as students went to war. Overall, however, the number of students attending Georgetown College rose from 250 in 1942 to a high of 750 in 1947.
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