Director’s Note – Winter 2017

Greetings from Princeton!
I am happy to share my annual winter update on the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP).
2017 was a pivotal year for PUPP, with significant changes to our organizational structure and location on campus. We continue to provide extraordinary opportunities and support for our scholars, alumni and their communities, but our operations have undergone substantial transformation. Here are the highlights:
  • In February, PUPP moved our offices to a suite on the 3rd floor of 36 University Place (the UStore building). We share the suite with other programs sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College to support first generation and low-income students, including the Freshman Scholars Program, the Scholars Institute Fellows Program, and Princeton’s new transfer program. The new space allows us to collaborate closely with University partners whose work mirrors ours. We continue to find synergies around programming and best practices and are excited about the new space and colleagues.
  • As part of a new focus on programming “to – through – and beyond” college for first generation and low-income students, PUPP has also moved “organizationally.” We separated from the Program in Teacher Preparation and now are directly under the supervision of the Dean of the College.
  • After 52 years of service to the University, including supporting PUPP since its founding in 2001, Jacqueline Swain retired from Princeton in September 2017. Jacqui was the frontline, administrative support staff member for PUPP and we are forever grateful for her dedication to the PUPP community. 
  • In the organizational transition, PUPP Associate Director, Torey Wilson, who had served PUPP since coming to the University in 2002, was promoted to become the Administrative Director of Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative. Sadly, Mr. Wilson passed away unexpectedly in late January, 2018.  We honored Mr. Wilson at our annual holiday party and alumni events this winter, and celebrated his life and contributions to PUPP and the broader Princeton community at a moving ceremony on campus on February 7, 2018.
  • In September 2017 , we welcomed Anna Cabrera to the PUPP team as our first Program Coordinator.  Anna, who was a member of the inaugural PUPP Class of 2004, has taken over the administrative tasks once covered by Jacqui Swain, as well as additional fiscal and program management duties that were previously done by staff in Teacher Preparation.
  • In February 2018, we added another member to the PUPP team – Tieisha Tift.  Tieisha, from the PUPP Class of 2009, is now serving as the Program Associate for PUPP and the Princeton Summer Journalism Program.
We recently learned that a few members of our Class of 2018 earned early admission to some great colleges – including Princeton, Gettysburg, Barnard and the University of Richmond! Like the PUPP Scholars who have come before them, our class of 2018 is an extraordinary cohort of students, who have taken full advantage of opportunities provided by PUPP–and made possible by you–to thrive in high school and prepare for selective college success.
For over 16 years, we have helped our scholars turn their dreams into reality and to dream new dreams. And, we could not do it without your support. If you have questions or comments about PUPP, or want to learn more about our work, our scholars, or our results, please feel free to reach out to me directly at Also, keep on the lookout for a refreshed PUPP website this spring at Thank you again for your support of our work and of our outstanding community of high school scholars.  Warm regards and best wishes for 2018!
Jason R. Klugman, Ph.D.
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