Morehouse College’s new president, David Thomas, is a different type of president for the storied institution in a couple of ways. First, he is the first president in 50 years who is not also an alumni.

The second thing is Thomas decided to connect with his student body in an interesting way: by moving into the dormitory Graves Hall, according to the Dothan Eagle. The new HBCU president moved into the college dorms on Tuesday and stayed among the first-year students there for two days

Thomas said the move was meant to “give me some perspective on what college is like for students and what is on their minds.”

Thomas is already diving headfirst into making changes to the dorms, announcing plans for renovations. He also oversaw the opening of an on-campus late-night convenience store on Monday.

Thomas said he actually wanted to attend Morehouse College, but couldn’t afford the tuition. He earned his degree at Yale University instead. This isn’t his first time working at a renowned American institution. He spent the bulk of his 30-year higher-education career serving in a 20-year tenure at Harvard University.