The Western Heights dormitory, built in 2015, is being named after three 1960's alumni, including former Detroit mayor and Michigan Supreme Court justice Dennis Archer.

According to MLive, the Western Heights complex will be named Hall-Archer-Pickard, after Ronald Hall, Sr., Archer, and William Pickard  All three were Western students in the 1960's, members of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate African-American fraternity, and went on to influential careers in Detroit and Michigan.

Hall, who died in 2016, served on the WMU Board of Trustees; Pickard is currently on the Board.

Hall founded Bridgewater Interiors, which grew to become a major auto supplier.

Among Pickard's accomplishments was becoming one of the first African-American McDonald's franchisees. He founded auto supplier Global Auto Alliance and is co-managing partner of the MGM Grand Casino.

The naming ceremony for the dormitory complex is this Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 2 pm.



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