(Elliott Hall at Purdue University. (photo courtesy: Purdue University/Rebecca Wilcox)
Marc and Sharon Hagle (third and fourth from right)
Construction on Purdue University’s new $20 million facilities for the bands and orchestra programs won’t begin until September, but it has a name: Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall.
University President Mitch Daniels on Saturday announced the name during an annual dinner for the President’s Council held in Florida.
The charitable foundation bearing the couple’s name gifted $10 million to the university for construction of the 37,500-square-foot building.
“Thanks to Marc and Sharon’s exceptional generosity in launching this project, we will have a teaching and learning showcase for this world-class program,” said Daniels.
Marc Hagle graduated from Purdue with an electrical engineering degree in 1971 and an MBA in 1972.
He was a member of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and the symphonic band.
The university says Hagle toured Elliott Hall, where the bands are currently housed, several years ago. Seeing the antiquated rehearsal rooms, the Hagles decided to give financial support to the construction of a new building.
“The department has outgrown its space two times over, and when we were presented with the proposal to help, we bought into it instantly,” Marc Hagle said. “Everybody who participates in Bands & Orchestras has an opportunity that will affect them for the rest of their lives, as it did mine.”
Hagle Hall will be built at the southeast corner of Third and Russell streets on Purdue’s campus. It will be along Third Street’s Student Success Corridor, which connects student residential areas with the campus’s academic center.
Construction is scheduled to begin in September and finish by December 2021.
Hagle is now president and chief executive officer of Florida-based Tricor International Corp., a commercial and residential property developer.