Stevenson University officially opened its new Academic Center at its Owings Mills North campus August 30, with major announcements about its naming and donations to support two of its seven Schools. The new Center will be named in honor of President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., who will be retiring in June 2017 after 17 years of leading the institution.
“Kevin Manning is the visionary who took us from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University,” said James Stradtner, Esq., CFA, Chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees and Senior Adviser for Century Equity Partners. “It is only fitting that we name this signature building in recognition of all that he has accomplished.”
The University has also received naming gifts for two of its Schools. The first, from Malcolm and Sandy Berman, will create the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, named in honor of Mrs. Berman who has dedicated her philanthropic work to improving healthcare and education.
The second gift, from the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, under the direction of its trustees Louis and Phyllis Friedman, creates the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, also housed in the new Academic Center.
“This day has been a dual honor for me as president,” Manning said. “The naming of the Academic Center is certainly humbling, but the generosity of the Bermans and the Fine Foundation also gives confirmation to the goals that we collectively set forth more than a decade ago—to complete our transformation into a university. We could not have reached this point without the dedication of many employees as well as friends and supporters of Stevenson.”
The opening and dedication ceremonies were also honored by the remarks by Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Sarbanes, State Delegate Adrienne Jones, and State Senator Bobby Zirkin.
The renovations and construction to create the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center began formally in August 2014. But the process started earlier in November 2011, when Stevenson acquired the 28-acre Shire Pharmaceuticals site in Owings Mills that included an 18,000-square-foot administrative building and the 170,000-square-foot manufacturing building. To create the new Academic Center, the manufacturing building was expanded to 200,000 square feet and a second and third floor were added. The renovations tripled the amount of space available to Stevenson’s Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences and Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, which were both originally located on its Greenspring campus. The Academic Center also houses classes and studios for the School of Design as well as a third Stevenson library, the Learning Commons. Stevenson worked with David S. Brown Enterprises to complete the renovations.
“By working with Howard Brown, we were able to renovate this building much more efficiently than it would have taken to produce such a state-of-the art facility from scratch,” said Tim Campbell, Stevenson’s Executive Vice President for Financial Affairs and CFO. “We see this facility as a game-changer. We’ve increased our academic capacity with an attractive new campus while economically and efficiently providing the University with state-of-the-art facilities and a position to grow and enroll more students.”
Stevenson was able to acquire the entire Shire property and renovate its two existing buildings for approximately $33 million.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.
Source: Stevenson University