Milligan dedicates education center

By Stephen S. Glass
Star Staff

   Faculty and students of Milligan College gathered Friday to dedicate the school's new teacher education center to the memory of Dr. Paul Clark. A former professor and administrator at the college, Clark died in 1999 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
   "Paul Clark was a man of integrity, perseverance, and character," Milligan President Donald Jeanes told those who gathered for the ceremony.
   During his 33 years of service at Milligan, Clark worked to build the education department, leading in the development of the school's masters of education program. As an administrator, Clark was known to colleagues as the 'velvet bulldozer' for his ability to easily persuade others to share his vision.
   "He knew what the program and what students needed, and he worked gently as an administrator," said Rich Aubrey, a member of Milligan's education faculty and a former student of Clark's.
   Quoting Psychologist Alfred Adler, Aubrey said, "'A person who is not involved in the lives of others is not involved in life.' Dr. Clark has left us a true legacy of faith, love, and involvement in the lives of others."
   Future teachers will use the Paul Clark Education Center to master current educational technology.
   "This facility will strengthen our already-strong program, to ensure that each teacher candidate will gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success as a professional educator," said Jeanes. "It is only fitting to dedicate this building in the memory of someone who was a tremendous asset to Milligan's academic success in the area of education. Paul was a good friend to so many of us."
   Clark's wife, Barbara, clipped the ceremonial ribbon, formally dedicating the center in memory of her late husband.
   The Paul Clark Education Center is the most recent of several building and renovation projects completed at the college. Milligan administrators announced Friday that the school will now embark on the largest capital campaign in its history-- hoping to gain $30 million in funds to further building projects, strengthen academic programs, and provide new scholarships for students.
   Todd Norris, the school's vice president for institutional advancement, announced during a luncheon for alumni and community leaders Friday that the "leadership phase" of the campaign has already been completed and that half of the funds have already been raised. Norris said that $4.5 million of the $15 million was given by a single, anonymous donor.
   Norris and Jeanes also unveiled an artist's rendering of a new campus center Friday. Plans for the new building include a welcome center, activity centers, and a new theater. Administrators said they would like to begin that project within the next two years.