It's not everyday local colleges or universities celebrate major gifts in the million dollar range.
It's certainly not everyday that one gift tops $5 million dollars, but Kent State University is celebrating a foundation gift from John and Fonda Elliot to create the "Elliot Studios for Design" as part of the new construction underway at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Part of the grant also provides endowments aimed specifically at health care students and professors.
It's the largest single gift ever made to the college. Elliot earned his degree from KSU in 1970 and soon began designing and building, then operating, healthcare facilities and nursing homes. The couple live in Charleston, West Virginia.
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