New Development, Alumni Center Named For Former DePauw President

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A gift from two of DePauw University's most well-known donors are supporting a new "front door for our returning alumni." The Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center, named in honor of the former longtime president, will be located in a renovated fraternity and sorority house through a gift from Timothy and Sharon Ubben.

In all, the Ubbens, who both graduated from DePauw in 1958, have committed more than $91 million to their alma mater.

Bob Bottoms was DePauw's 18th president and served in the position from 1986-2008. During his tenure, DePauw says its endowment grew nearly five-fold, the school became a national, top-tier liberal arts college and its student body and faculty became more diverse. Tim Ubben says "Bob was a visionary president and an outstanding fundraiser. The development and alumni engagement division has waited a number of years for a space that not only serves as a front door for our returning alumni, but also signals the importance of the work that happens inside."

Sharon Williams Ubben says "in addition to honoring Bob Bottoms and the many things he has done for DePauw, Tim and I are very pleased to be able to breathe life back into this stately building. It is a building that has much history and means a great deal to many associated with DePauw. Giving the structure new life and a prominent role in campus life will underscore that this is a place that has transformed young lives for generations." The building previously housed Sigma Nu fraternity and later, Delta Zeta sorority.

The gift adds to the continuing Campaign for DePauw, which has already exceeded its $300 million goal, and now totals over $317.8 million.

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