Eighteen months after introducing a new vision for Alumni Hall, Knox College has reached its $11 million goal in the fundraising drive to renovate this historic campus building.
“Thanks to the generosity of Knox alumni and friends, as well as the leadership of Trustee Mark Kleine and his Gateway Task Force, gifts and pledges now stand at $11 million,” said Knox College President Teresa Amott. “Even more important, $9.5 million — or 94% — of the money will be in cash by the end of June, which places the College in an excellent position to begin renovations.”
Now that the $11 million goal has been reached, Amott notes, the College’s Board of Trustees will vote at its June meeting to set a timetable for the renovation. Two architectural firms — Holabird & Root of Chicago and Metzger-Johnson of Galesburg — are engaged in the renovation process.
“Like so many buildings on historic college campuses, Alumni Hall has had many lives throughout its 124-year history. It’s now poised to begin a new life as a gateway to the Knox campus and beyond, and I know that the entire campus and community is as excited as I am for its new life to begin,” added President Amott.
The renovation of Alumni Hall will transform this historic building out of the past and into the vibrant future of 21st-century Knox College. The building will house several of Knox’s signature educational programs, including the Gerald and Carol Klail Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development, the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies, and the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service, as well as the Offices of Admission and Alumni Relations.
In addition, visitors to Alumni Hall will learn about the heritage of the College and the City of Galesburg through research and programming at the Lincoln Studies Center and museum-quality displays housed within the Whitcomb Heritage Center. Featuring the original large vaulted ceiling, the transformed building will serve as both a gateway to a Knox education and to life after Knox. Standing on the edge of the historic Knox campus, the building also serves as a gateway to the Galesburg community.
“The intellectual and creative energy that we see on campus every day will now be visible to every person who enters the building, including prospective students, community visitors, and returning alumni,” said President Amott.