At the regular meeting of the William Jewell College Board of Trustees in February,
official action was taken enabling the College to move forward on two key
building projects over the next 18 months. Designation of three major estate
gifts totaling more than $7 million and faculty promotions were also acted
upon during the meeting.
According to David Sallee, president of William Jewell,
new construction will add 15,000 square feet to the
recently renamed Yates-Gill Student Union (honoring
Trustee Emeritus J. Ray Gill and his wife Lucille who
made a significant gift designated to the expansion
and renovation of the building). “This project
will make a big difference in the everyday life of
the campus,” Sallee said. “And it will
have a significant impact on the look and feel of the
College, integrating the activity and life of the Quad
with the Union.” Along with the addition, renovations
are also planned for much of the building, including
the installation of a publicly accessible elevator,
new meeting spaces, a large two-story open foyer, and
a glass and columned façade fronting the Quad.
The $3.8 million project will begin this summer and
construction is expected to take about a year.
Trustees also approved $1.2 million for construction
and renovation of an existing campus building to create
The Fred and Shirley Pryor Center for Leadership Development.
The new Center is being created in the former Kappa
Alpha fraternity house at 17 South Jewell Street that
the College owns and which has been vacant for several
years. Construction will begin immediately and when
it is finished in the fall it will be home to the College’s
renowned Pryor Leadership Studies Program and the Tucker
Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president of advancement at Jewell,
announced that during 2004 the College received the
largest estate gift totals in the College’s history.
Proceeds from three of the unrestricted estate gifts
were designated by the Board, with $4.07 million earmarked
for the College’s unrestricted quasi-endowment
fund and $3 million to the Greene Improvement Fund.
The Greene Improvement Fund will be used over the next
24 months primarily to address construction, renovation
and infrastructure needs