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Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center rendering

Manchester University to build College of Business, student services hub


North Manchester, IN -- A $9.5 million building program is under way at Manchester University.

The University will break ground on the $8.5 million Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center in mid-May. Work at the site of the $1 million Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center began last month. 

The Chinworth Center is expected to open at the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
It will add 36,000 square feet for student learning and services.

Just north of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street, the first floor will include a one-stop shop for the registrar and student financial services. The first-floor student services hub will also include a commuter lounge, coffee bar and offices for study abroad, honors, student activities and other programs.

The College of Business, now housed in the Academic Center across the street, will move to the second floor of the Chinworth Center.

Manchester business programs include accounting, professional sales, business management, sport management, finance, entrepreneurship and marketing.

This move to the Chinworth Center creates space for academic programs to grow in both spaces.

“We are forever grateful to alumnus Herb Chinworth who gave Manchester more than $5 million to name the facility in honor of his parents, Augustus and Lockie Chinworth,” said President Dave McFadden.

Philanthropist Herb Chinworth, who studied at Manchester from 1938 to 1940, pledged the donation as part of the Students First! campaign, which ended in 2014. He died in May 2017. 

MU has $6.5 million in hand or in pledges for the $8.5 million Chinworth project. It has $780,000 for the intercultural center.

Donations for the new buildings may be made at http://link.manchester.edu/makeagift.

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About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

January 2018