Trine University has received a $2.5 million gift from alumnus and Board of Trustees member Larry Reiners and his wife Judy. Trine says the funds will support a new 120,000-square-foot academic facility that will house programs in its College of Health Professions.
The $40 million Trine University Fort Wayne campus, which is being developed in partnership with Parkview Health, will employ 100 faculty and staff and serve about 700 students when it opens in the fall of 2024.
Trine’s College of Health Professions includes its physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology, nursing and surgical technology programs. The university says the facility will allow CHP to add new programs, including occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, medical science and emergency medical sciences.
In addition to classrooms and laboratories, Trine says the facility will feature a Simulated Patient Care Center with mock surgery and Emergency Room suites and patient rooms. The building will also house a library, bookstore and gathering area, as well as academic support and counseling services.
“We are blessed by the generosity of friends and alumni like Larry and Judy Reiners, who have joined with us in supporting the vision for Trine University’s College of Health Professions,” said Dr. Earl Brooks, Trine University president. “Through the generosity of many supporters, we look forward to the positive impact this project will have on healthcare and healthcare education as well as on the regional economy.”
Larry Reiners is a 1965 civil engineering graduate from Tri-State College, now Trine University. He has spent more than 50 years in engineering design, project management, construction management, manufacturing management and corporate management with firms in the chemical, petrochemical, refining, and gas processing industries.
Reiners joined Trine’s board of trustees in 2009. Trine says he currently chairs the academic affairs and student services board committee and serves on the executive committee and committee on trustees.
“My Tri-State College equipped me to have a successful life and career, and Judy and I are glad to give back to not only support future generations of students, but the health, economy and quality of life of northeast Indiana,” said Reiners.
In 2009, Trine dedicated the Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in honor of the Reiners’ $1.5 million gift. In 2018, the couple made a $1 million donation to establish the Larry & Judy Reiners Endowed Scholarship Fund.