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During his tenure, Northwestern substantially increased the size of its Evanston campus, constructing many new buildings on adjacent land reclaimed by filling in Lake Michigan. Furthermore, the university's academic programs were strengthened, the faculty was expanded, and enrollment was increased.
Between 1962 and 1964, the James Roscoe Miller Campus (more commonly known as the Lakefill) was constructed to provide land for expansion of the University by extending the eastern edge of the campus 1,000 feet (300 m) into Lake Michigan. The project would increase the University’s educational land holdings from 85 to 159 acres (0.64 km2) and would reorient the entire campus towards the lake.