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Manchester University’s union has a new name: Jo Young Switzer Center.
D. Randall Brown, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the naming at an April 10 donor appreciation dinner that quickly turned to a celebration of the leadership of President Switzer. The new sign was erected Friday morning on the striking North Manchester campus structure.
President Switzer retires June 30. At the dinner, Brown praised the president for contributing a legacy of strategic and mission-focused leadership that has transformed the University’s academic breadth, financial strength, enrollment and visibility.
During the Switzer tenure, Brown noted, the University has increased enrollment 25 percent, added a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program on a new Fort Wayne campus, raised more than 95 percent toward a Students First! $100 million campaign and dedicated several new learning facilities, including the union. Manchester also embraced a new name: University.
President Switzer and her husband, Professor Dave Switzer, also were recognized at the dinner as MU donors and members of the Otho Winger Society – donors who have included the University in their estate plans.
The $8 million Jo Young Switzer Center, opened as the Union in 2007, is a hub of University activity with a large Success Center of collaborations for academic and career achievement, interactive dining and café areas, study and conversation areas, art gallery, campus store and conference rooms.
"As president of Manchester Student Senate, I see what a direct impact donor dollars have on our student body,” said junior Chris Minter, a political science major from New Paris, Ind.
“Naming our campus buildings after these generous families and individuals reminds students that there are thousands of people working behind the scenes to ensure that they have a positive experience at Manchester – a true testament to our emphasis on community and putting students first.”