Marian Names Building Following Alumnus Gift

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A building under construction on the campus of Marian University has a new name thanks to a major gift from a Marian alumnus. The $7 million facility, which will house the university's Byrum School of Business, will be known as the Paul J. Norman Center.

The university would not disclose the exact figure of the donation, but said it was a seven-figure gift. Norman graduated from Marian in 1973 and is the chief executive officer of Ohio-based NU Holdings Inc.

"When I look at how far Marian University has come in the 40 years since I graduated, I’m impressed and excited to see where we can go in the coming years," said Norman. "As graduates of this incredible institution, we show the rest of the world what it means to be a Knight. This is a great privilege and responsibility. For nearly 80 years, Knights have been impacting this city, state, country, and world. Alumni not only represent the history of this institution, but will play a pivotal role in the future success of the university."

Marian broke ground on the facility in May 2016, saying it needed the additional space to accommodate growing enrollment in the Byrum School of Business. Construction is expected to be complete in December 2017 with classes beginning in the building in January 2018.

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