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Wooster Dedicates Stately Burton D. Morgan Hall

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OCTOBER 18, 2002
Wooster President R. Stanton Hales (right) assists as Burton D. Morgan prepares to cut the ribbon completing the dedication of Burton D. Morgan Hall.

What seemed to stand out most as Burton D. Morgan Hall was dedicated on Friday evening at The College of Wooster - even more than its stately exterior and spacious interior - was its potential.

"The real worth of a building," said Ted Bogner, president of Bogner Construction Management Company, "is not the construction process but rather its role in enriching young minds."

Even so, one had to be impressed with the structural amenities of Wooster's newest building, second only in size to historic Kauke Hall. Located at the northwest corner of College Mall and Pine Street, the four-story, 49,372 square-foot structure, which opened for classes in August, houses 12 labs, 14 classrooms, three shared classrooms, two break-out rooms, and 20 offices.

Home to the departments of economics, education and psychology, Morgan Hall appears as though it has always been a part of the campus landscape. With a capacity for 730 occupants, it was completed in a little over a year at a cost of $10.5 million. The primary gift of $8 million came from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation with an additional $2 million gift coming from the McCreight Family.

In presenting the building to Wooster President R. Stanton Hales, James Wilson '63, chairman of Wooster's Board of Trustees, described it as a "magnificent structure that sets a new standard for excellence in academic buildings."

Hales accepted on behalf of Wooster's current students and faculty members as well as the thousands of others he said were destined to pass through the hallways and classrooms in the years to come. "I am thrilled beyond measure to accept this new building," said Hales. "It seems like yesterday that we began the process, and today we celebrate with great joy the successful completion of this outstanding facility."

Hales went on to thank Mr. Morgan, who officially christened the building with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the end of the dedication. Hales also thanked John Frank, president of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Bogner Construction team, and the architectural firm of Perry Dean Rogers/Partners, which was represented by its president, Steven Foote.

Wooster's Mercury Brass ensemble, made up of students Jennifer Bolt '04, Michael Broda '06, Jennifer Puster '03, Christopher Redd '03, and Amanda Rollins '05, provided the fanfare to open the ceremony and to mark the ribbon cutting.

At the dinner, which followed a reception at the president's house, James Wilson recognized the donors, while John Cook '69, Brian Smith '03, and John Sell, the James R. Wilson Professor of Business Economics, shared words of appreciation. John Frank and Stan Gault '48 provided the response.

An open house is scheduled for Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

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