Midway University Receives $5 Million Pledge to Support Continued Growth
Midway, KY (11/14/2022) — At its Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month, the Midway University Board received and accepted a $5 million pledge from Trustee Jan Hunter and her husband, Richard. The pledge, made as a lead gift, is specifically earmarked for renovation and conversion of the top floor of the existing Little Memorial Library into student residential living in the coming year, the building of a new library in the future, and then the complete conversion of the remaining floors of the Little Memorial Library into student residential living.
"The University has great momentum, demonstrated by its seven consecutive years of enrollment growth," said Jan Hunter. "Dick and I feel that now is the time to continue investing in Midway so as not to discourage continued growth. Midway University is offering a collegiate experience that is both wanted and needed, and we have a great demand to provide additional housing options for students on campus."
"The Hunters' support has made it possible to transform our campus and enhance the student experience in the past few years," said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. "Their previous gifts not only allowed us to build the new Hunter Field House; their generosity also played a huge part in other major campus projects such as the renovation of Marrs Hall, and the creation of the new Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center."
Marsden added, "This gift allows us to address our current short-term need for more housing spaces and to begin the planning for a new state-of-the-art library and more future housing development. We will begin the conversion project of the top floor of the current library in the spring semester and hope to complete that renovation in time for Fall 2023 student move-in."
According to the motion accepted by the Board, the Hunters will retain the naming rights to the future housing space and made their wishes known to the Board that the new library maintain the Little Memorial Library name to honor the original donor - Lucille Caudill Little, a former trustee at Midway University.
Since 2018, Midway University has completed several construction and renovation projects without incurring any new debt. Recent projects include the Hunter Field House, the renovation and conversion of Pinkerton Hall into residential living, the renovation of Marrs Hall and the creation of the Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center, the new Tracy Farmer-Don Ball Stadium, the new Bud's Barn and Spy Coast Farm Education Center, new tennis courts, and the renovation of all bathrooms in Belle Wisdom Residence Hall and Buster Residence Hall.