Lindenwood University has received a significant seven-figure foundational gift to name the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship and serve as a lead gift in the construction of a new $21 million Library and Academic Resources Center on its St. Charles Campus.
“As a university committed to teaching students, Lindenwood is grateful that the Plaster Foundation has recognized our dedication to the student experience in the liberal arts and business,” said President James D. Evans, PhD. “This gift is a great support for the thousands of young people who will earn degrees at Lindenwood this next year and in the future.”
The Robert W. Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University enrolls over 2,000 students annually and also is the headquarters of the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise.
“We are delighted and honored to have our business school named after a great entrepreneur and business leader,” noted Roger Ellis, dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business.
Lindenwood expects to begin construction on the 100,000-square-foot library complex this spring and have it operational for student use in the 2016-2017 academic year. The new building will contain the university library, 15 classrooms, a Center for Teaching Excellence, as well as a host of student services such as career placement, first-year student programs, and Lindenwood’s International Students and Scholars program.
“We are so pleased to be involved in this project,” said Dr. Dolly Clement, executive director of The Robert W. Plaster Foundation and Plaster’s daughter. “My father grew up in poverty and wanted a college education because he knew it would give him a better start toward improving his life.
“Once Dad had some success in business, he wanted to help students like himself, who wanted an education but could not afford it. He knew that by helping universities with their capital needs he could not only help provide wonderful facilities for students but also help those universities keep tuition lower for the students. Because of Dad’s interest in business and belief in the free enterprise system, one of our highest funding priorities is business schools. We are so proud to have Dad’s name on Lindenwood’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship, and associated with the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise.”
The library facility will be open to Lindenwood’s students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as university friends and invited colleagues in higher education. The general public also will be welcomed to special programs at the site.