In 2023, Drury marks 150th year, creates engineering program

In September, Drury College will mark the start out of its 150th calendar year.

President Tim Cloyd stated the non-public liberal arts institution is preparing now for how to celebrate the milestone and the contributions of the campus, and its learners, since 1873.

“We are going to be celebrating that in the drop and ringing the commemorative bell, identical to the a single they rung yrs back when they opened courses at Drury,” Cloyd mentioned. “We are wanting forward to that. We have obtained a whole lot of occasions planned.”

A publication, a pictorial background of the Drury campus, is also predicted this calendar year.

In an interview with the News-Chief, Cloyd delivered an update to ongoing initiatives and what is on faucet for the future year.

Fundraising marketing campaign continues

In late Oct, with considerably fanfare, Drury accomplished the C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Organization Centre and Breech Faculty of Business enterprise Administration and Judy Thompson Govt Meeting Centre. It opens in January.

The challenge was the crowning jewel in a successful multi-yr fundraising marketing campaign. Cloyd claimed: “We surpassed the $73 million mark.”

The five-yr next period of the marketing campaign is kicking off but the college is not all set to disclose the intention, in portion, due to how inflation may well effects money tasks.

The C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Enterprise Center officially opens in January.

“There are a ton of priorities but No. 1 is a new university student life center,” he mentioned. Other individuals consist of college student scholarships, tutorial programs and “heritage buildings.”

Cloyd, in the middle of his seventh year as president, said the more mature buildings on campus need to be renovated or refreshed and that incorporates addressing any deferred servicing.

A gift is making it doable for Drury to renovate Claire Thompson Hall.