by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations
A new residence hall to accommodate recent record enrollments, increased financial aid designed to help incoming Cedarville University students make college more affordable, and celebration of the largest estate gift in the university’s 131-year history were key items addressed by Cedarville University’s board of trustees at its October meeting last week.
In addition, the trustees approved 16 new faculty members, welcomed a new trustee, and reviewed the initial phase of a comprehensive 10-year master plan.
Additional Student Housing
With Cedarville University having just welcomed two record freshman classes in a row, the trustees approved the construction of a 63,000-square-foot, approximately 300-bed facility to address the housing needs. The hall will provide private lounges on each wing for men and women, as well as a central lounge on the first floor. It will be located near the current apartment-style facilities and close to the athletic complex.
“Our residential philosophy is oriented around discipleship,” said Jon Wood, vice president for student life and Christian ministries. “This building continues our model of life-on-life discipleship in a residential community. The indoor and outdoor spaces associated with this residence hall will be built with community and spiritual growth in mind for the student body.”
This three-story building will be constructed by the Danis Corporation, and it will include four handicapped-accessible private rooms and a resident director’s apartment. The building, furniture, and infrastructure are expected to cost $13.3 million with no debt incurred for the project. The new hall is planned to open for the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Increased Student Financial Aid
Continuing its efforts to increase affordability and accessibility for students, the trustees approved several increases in freshman academic scholarships for 2019-20. Academic scholarships for fall 2019 freshmen will range from $9,000-$20,000. While benefiting students, this year’s modest changes in financial aid opportunities also ensure the university maintains a healthy discount rate for long-term sustainability.
Celebrating Commitment to Christian Higher Education
Trustees celebrated the late Roger and Charlotte Kuriger’s commitment to Christian higher education. The Kurigers bequeathed the majority of their estate to Cedarville University for student scholarships. The Kurigers’ $3.1 million gift is the largest estate gift in Cedarville’s 131-year history.
Charlotte Kuriger passed away earlier this year in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 96. She and Roger Kuriger married on July 3, 1942, and both enjoyed professional careers, Roger as an accountant and Charlotte as a secretary for Simmons Perrine law firm.
The funds will fund scholarships for Cedarville’s graduate nursing program and the undergraduate program in accounting through the endowed Roger and Charlotte Kuriger Scholarship Fund. This fund will make a Cedarville education possible for future students who are preparing for careers in advanced practice nursing or accounting.
“We are thankful for the gift from the Kurigers. Their generous gift will be used to equip our students to make a kingdom impact in their professions,” said Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. “The Kurigers’ commitment to sharing the Gospel and serving others reflects our heartbeat at Cedarville University.”
New Trustee Member
Brian White, lead pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel North Indy and executive director of Great Commission Collective, was approved as a new member of the board of trustees. White holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Master Plan Reviewed
During the 2017-18 academic year, Cedarville’s administration began working on a 10-year master plan that would address infrastructure and facilities. This plan was presented to and approved by the trustees in May, and at the October meeting, they reviewed planned improvements that are set to begin this academic year.
Initial plans include improving upon the university’s curb appeal along State Rt. 72, expanding chapel seating capacity (by fall 2019), and building a Chick-fil-A restaurant along the back of Centennial Library and overlooking the campus lake. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in 2020.
The approval of the approximately 300-bed residence hall was also part of the master plan. Other projects discussed include a facility to accommodate Cedarville’s civil engineering program that started this fall and an expanded varsity weight room.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.