DePauw University will Friday dedicate the new Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center. The facility is named in honor of the university’s longest-serving president, who will return to the Greencastle campus for the event.
The center, located in a renovated fraternity and sorority house, was made possible through an undisclosed gift from longtime DePauw donors Timothy and Sharon Ubben. Bottoms retired as president of DePauw in 2008 after 22 years in the position.
"Under the leadership of Bob Bottoms, DePauw — which had been a respected Midwestern institution — became a nationally recognized liberal arts college. He transformed DePauw," President Mark McCoy said in a news release. "Our endowment grew more than five-fold, we attracted world class faculty, and perhaps most critically, DePauw recognized that its campus needed to reflect the world graduates will live in, and the president made diversity and inclusion a priority. DePauw University became a much stronger entity, thanks to the leadership and vision of Dr. Bottoms."
The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the new facility at 201 E. Seminary Street. The ceremony, and the open house that will follow, are open to the community.