Established in 1999 by The Hodson Trust

Image Credit: The Hodson Trust THE HODSON TRUST was established by THOMAS S. HODSON, a Maryland lawyer and state senator. His son, CLARENCE HODSON (pictured), a lawyer and banker who was commissioned a colonel by the governor of Maryland, provided the trust's assets. Colonel Hodson founded the Beneficial Loan Society in 1914 to make small loans available to working-class Americans. The company became Beneficial Corporation and in 1998, before it merged into Household International, Beneficial was the largest consumer credit company in the U.S. Since 1920, The Hodson Trust has donated millions of dollars to four Maryland colleges, including Johns Hopkins. In addition to its support for this directorship, the trust made a commitment in 1999 to Hopkins for a multi-use building on the Homewood campus, named Hodson Hall, and makes substantial annual gifts, in recent years supporting the Hodson Scholars program, the Hodson Success Awards, the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards, research in oncology, and the cancer buildings initiative.


G. SAYEED CHOUDHURY, Engr 1988, 1990 (MSE), is the Hodson Director of the Digital Knowledge Center, which has a broad mandate to provide leadership in the research and development of digital library initiatives. Its primary focus is on ensuring access and preservation as digital libraries are developed. In 2003 he was appointed associate director of the Sheridan Libraries digital programs. These programs engage librarians, information technology specialists, and faculty in the use of emerging technologies to enrich access to print and digital collections, advance innovative teaching strategies, and to develop infrastructure to support the research, learning, scholarly communication and preservation needs of the university. He directs projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation, and speaks at numerous national and international conferences.