Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington recently launched a campaign to complete funding of the Minor Myers jr. Welcome Center.
Myers was HWS provost and dean of the faculty from 1984 to 1989, before assuming the presidency at IWU. He died in July 2003 in Bloomington, at age 60, of lung cancer.
During Myers' tenure in Bloomington, enrollment increased, the campus was renovated, buildings were constructed and international programs were added. Student enrollment is roughly comparable to that at HWS.
In July, the Executive Committee of the IWU Board of Trustees accepted a recommendation to construct a two-story, 19,000-square-foot facility at Park Street and University Avenue in Bloomington, after the necessary $5 million has been secured.
CSO Schenkel Schultz, an Indianapolis architectural firm, developed plans for the building, which will house the Office of Admissions and the Career Center.
IWU President Richard F. Wilson said, “This is an important project on several different levels. On the one hand, I think there is no better way to recognize President Myers’ visionary leadership than this.
“In addition, the Center will be one of the first facilities that prospective students and families see, and we want that initial interaction to reflect the quality that permeates the institution.
“Finally, the facility will serve students as they complete their undergraduate programs and make decisions about graduate school and careers. In effect, the building is dedicated to two key transitions in the life of a student.”
The University has received more than $2.8-million in gifts and pledges toward the Center, including a $500,000 leadership gift from Kent ’68 and Sue Wallace of Dallas. Ground-breaking is scheduled for the middle of 2006.
Gifts to the Myers Welcome Center may be made by contacting the IWU Office of Development.