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Union breaks ground on new library, adopts 3-year strategic plan

Union University President David S. Dockery presents a framed rendering of the new Union library to Bill and Carol Latimer as part of the April 12 groundbreaking ceremony. The Bill and Carol Latimer Foundation provided a $10 million lead gift for the new library project. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Union University President David S. Dockery presents a framed rendering of the new Union library to Bill and Carol Latimer as part of the April 12 groundbreaking ceremony. The Bill and Carol Latimer Foundation provided a $10 million lead gift for the new library project. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Related Resource(s): Renewing Minds: A Library Capital Campaign for Union University

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JACKSON, Tenn.April 13, 2012 – Anna Beth Morgan has been studying and learning about the library building process in general for years. She’s been planning and thinking about Union University’s new library specifically for months.

On April 12, those plans took a major step toward reality for Morgan, the director of Union’s library, as the university held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new 60,000-square-foot library and academic resource center.

“It’s been wonderful to actually have the experience to put that learning in practice,” Morgan said. “It’s a really exciting phase to have achieved.”

The groundbreaking kicked off two days of events for Union trustees at their spring meeting. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Union held a tribute dinner to thank significant donors for their contributions to the university. The next day, Union trustees approved a $92 million budget and a strategic plan that will guide the university’s operations and goals over the next three years.

The three-story library will be located between Jennings Hall and Miller Tower and will be more than twice the size of Union’s current library, housed in the Penick Academic Complex. The facility will expand the capacity for new holdings and will serve as a complete academic resource center to serve the research and resource needs of a 21st century academic community, Union President David S. Dockery said.

“Today is a day of celebration and a day of thanksgiving,” Dockery said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “This facility that we are launching today is unlike any that we’ve ever built on this campus – not only in its scope, size and majesty, but in its function. It will be something that will serve every aspect and constituency of this university and beyond.”

Designed by TLM Associates in Jackson, the library building will have an open feel with numerous large windows for external lighting. It will be capped by a large dome.

The first floor will contain seminar rooms, group study and collaborative study rooms, a reception area and auditorium. The second floor will primarily house Union’s growing collection of books and academic resources. The third floor will include archives and a heritage room.

Construction will begin later this year, with an estimated completion date in early 2014.

Union announced plans for the new facility in October, thanks to a $10 million lead gift by the Bill and Carol Latimer Foundation. The university also announced a capital campaign to raise an additional $10 million for the project, as the Latimer gift will match every dollar given up to $10 million.

Through the end of March, donors had given or pledged more than $5.8 million toward the library project, or about 60 percent of the campaign goal.

“We are incredibly excited about this project and ever grateful for all who have given to support this magnificent facility,” Dockery said.

At the “President’s Tribute” banquet, Dockery presented a “state of the university” address to trustees and key donors, thanking them for their investment in Union.

“You’ve been an instrument of God’s provision for us,” Dockery said. “Because of your investment and generosity, you have made a difference in Union University.”

The budget trustees approved April 13 is a $3 million increase over the previous budget. The strategic plan they adopted, “Illuminating Minds: Union 2015,” highlights seven priorities, including a continued commitment to Union’s mission and core values, strengthening and expanding academic and co-curricular programs, expanding and renovating its physical plant and developing a vision for regional, national and global engagement.

Trustees also elected new officers, with Norm Hill selected as chairman, Paul Priddy as vice chairman and James Ross as secretary.

“We are grateful for the fine work of the Union University Board of Trustees,” Dockery said. “They work and serve together in a remarkable way that is a joy to behold. I am confident that Norm Hill will offer superb leadership as our new chairman, in the same way that Rod Parker has done over the past three years.”


Related Resource(s): Renewing Minds: A Library Capital Campaign for Union University

 

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4/12/12 - Gene Fant, dean of the college of arts and sciences, gives the invocation at the beginning of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Gene Fant, dean of the college of arts and sciences, gives the invocation at the beginning of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Anna Beth Morgan, associate professor of library services, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Anna Beth Morgan, associate professor of library services, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Melanie Taylor, junior sports management major, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Melanie Taylor, junior sports management major, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Gary Carter, senior vice president for business services, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Gary Carter, senior vice president for business services, gives a dedicatory reading during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library.
4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library.
4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library.
4/12/12 - Trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Karl Magnuson, senior engineering major, gives a dedicatory prayer during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Karl Magnuson, senior engineering major, gives a dedicatory prayer during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents a framed rendering of the new Union library to Bill and Carol Latimer as part of the groundbreaking ceremony. The Bill and Carol Latimer Foundation provided a $10 million lead gift for the new library project.
4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents a framed rendering of the new Union library to Bill and Carol Latimer as part of the groundbreaking ceremony. The Bill and Carol Latimer Foundation provided a $10 million lead gift for the new library project. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Dirt is turned during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. Pictured is David S. Dockery, Anna Beth Morgan, Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction.
4/12/12 - Dirt is turned during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. Pictured is David S. Dockery, Anna Beth Morgan, Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Ricky Clark, Union alumnus and minister of music and worship, leads guests in 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Ricky Clark, Union alumnus and minister of music and worship, leads guests in 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - Carla Sanderson, provost and executive vice president, gives a prayer of dedication during the groundbreaking ceremony.
4/12/12 - Carla Sanderson, provost and executive vice president, gives a prayer of dedication during the groundbreaking ceremony. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, speaks to trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, speaks to trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Zac Calvert
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4/12/12 - The groundbreaking ceremony for the new library takes place on a beautiful spring day. Pictured is David S. Dockery, president of the university; Anna Beth Morgan, director of the library; Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction.
4/12/12 - The groundbreaking ceremony for the new library takes place on a beautiful spring day. Pictured is David S. Dockery, president of the university; Anna Beth Morgan, director of the library; Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction. - Zac Calvert
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4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university; Anna Beth Morgan, director of the library; Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction, break ground for the new library.
4/12/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university; Anna Beth Morgan, director of the library; Jim Campbell, president and COO of TLM Architects/Engineers; Carol and Bill Latimer, major donors for the project; Rod Parker, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Frank Wagster, principal architect of H&M Construction, break ground for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - Ricky Clark, Union alumnus and minister of music and worship, leads trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members in 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Ricky Clark, Union alumnus and minister of music and worship, leads trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members in 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Zac Calvert
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4/12/12 - Hunter Baker (center), associate professor of political science, and other guests sing 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Hunter Baker (center), associate professor of political science, and other guests sing 'Great is Thy Faithfulness' during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - Shovels rest in newly overturned soil after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Shovels rest in newly overturned soil after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Nigel Manuel, senior media communications major, Reneé Jones, associate director of the vocatio center for life calling and career, Jacqueline Taylor, assistant dean of students, and Bethany Morse, director of the Hundley Center, chat together after the groundbreaking for the new library.
4/12/12 - Nigel Manuel, senior media communications major, Reneé Jones, associate director of the vocatio center for life calling and career, Jacqueline Taylor, assistant dean of students, and Bethany Morse, director of the Hundley Center, chat together after the groundbreaking for the new library. - Anne Richoux
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4/12/12 - Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees, talks with donors Bill and Carol Latimer after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Harry Smith, past chairman of the Board of Trustees, talks with donors Bill and Carol Latimer after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Lanese Dockery, first lady of the university, mingles with guests after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Lanese Dockery, first lady of the university, mingles with guests after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Jacob Moore
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4/12/12 - Kimberly Thornbury, vice president for student services and dean of students, greets people at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - Kimberly Thornbury, vice president for student services and dean of students, greets people at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Zac Calvert
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4/12/12 - David Clark, sophomore mathematics major, talks with David S. Dockery, president of the university, after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library.
4/12/12 - David Clark, sophomore mathematics major, talks with David S. Dockery, president of the university, after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library. - Zac Calvert

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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