Official dedication ceremony honors college President
By Lauren Lukens
After several years of planning, renovation and the relocation of many departments at Schoolcraft, the Jeffress Center is now officially open and fully functional. On Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m., faculty, students and community members gathered at the southeast entrance of the new building for an official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.
After 32 years of dedication to Schoolcraft, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted last year to name the building in honor of Schoolcraft President Dr. Conway A. Jeffress.
“Even when I’m not at work, I drive down Haggerty Road and look for excuses to look at this building. I’ll tell you—it’s a magnificent feeling,” said Dr. Jeffress. “It’s an extraordinary honor to have a building named after you when still up and about.”
Brian Broderick, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Schoolcraft College, presided over the event. Jeffress also made remarks to a crowd full of his family, friends and supporters.
“Nobody has done more for Schoolcraft College than Dr. Jeffress. I think that it is only fitting that this fantastic building has his name,” said Broderick.
After Jeffress’ remarks, Broderick and other Board of Trustees in attendance participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony with Jeffress. Tours of the facility and a reception were offered to attendees.
“There is a huge amount of resources that this facility now has given us, from high-tech to now being able to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs on campus,” said Michelle Gaynier, Communications Coordinator. “By having so much space in this building, it has freed up a lot of other opportunities for growth and renovation on campus.”
Schoolcraft College is a public, predominantly two-year college, offering classes at the college’s main campus in Livonia, the Radcliff Center in Garden City and online. Students now have the option to join a Schoolcraft to U partnership with either University of Toledo or Wayne Sate University, and this is all because of the newly renovated Jeffress Center.
For more information, visit www.schoolcraft.edu.