A proposed new home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History will bolster innovative learning and enhance interdisciplinary collaborations between the two academic areas. The project is inspiring significant support, including a new eight-figure pledge to help fund the building's construction.
"This new home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History will serve as a physical testament to Bucknell's interdisciplinary strengths and underscore characteristics that help differentiate the University from its peers," said President John Bravman. "We're excited to see the project generate such enthusiasm from our donors, and we greatly appreciate their extreme generosity. I'm especially excited that, after decades of searching, we will finally have a new home for our art & art history students and colleagues."
The gift brings the total amount raised for the project to $26 million — more than half of the anticipated $46 million cost of the project. In recognition of the extraordinary support, the University will name the building for the donor, who has temporarily requested anonymity.
"This outstanding gift builds upon the dramatic steps we've taken to deepen Bucknell's commitment to providing students with an exceptional management education, uniquely rooted in the University's liberal arts tradition," said Raquel Alexander, inaugural Kenneth W. Freeman Professor & Dean.
On the foundation of more than a century of management education, Bucknell's College of Management was established in 2017. In 2018, the college was named in recognition of a philanthropic commitment of more than $25 million by Kenneth W. Freeman '72 and his wife, Janice. More than $60 million has been raised from donors for the building, faculty positions and programming.
"Continued strategic growth of the college hinges upon the construction of a facility with leading-edge technology, student spaces for collaborative projects and common areas that foster a sense of community," Alexander added. "We are incredibly grateful for the new gift, which moves us closer to building a home for management and art & art history that will provide our faculty and students with optimal spaces for collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning."
Sustainable Spaces to Foster Creativity
The planned 79,000-square-foot building, which requires construction authorization from the University's Board of Trustees, will be located at the intersection of Coleman Hall Drive and Fraternity Road. It is being designed with the goal of receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Pending approval, construction could begin as early as June 2019.
The building will feature a new lab for Management 101; studio spaces where markets, innovation & design students will be able to share ideas and develop images, products and services; an enhanced Moriarty Investment Center for the Student Managed Investment Fund and students interested in finance; and a lab to support the college's planned business analytics major.
In addition to supporting interdisciplinary collaborations, the building will provide the Department of Art & Art History with faculty offices; contemporary teaching and studio spaces; photography labs; and painting, drawing and multi-use studios. The building will also have locations to display student and faculty artwork throughout the building.
"This facility will help us strengthen and expand our programming within art & art history, improving what is already an exceptional learning experience for our students," said Karl Voss, dean of the College of Art & Sciences. "I'm excited to see the creative and intellectual pursuits spurred and supported by the collocation of these two academic disciplines."