ASU Gets $14.5 Million Gift from Reynolds Foundation for New Health Sciences Center

JONESBORO, AR - Officials at Arkansas State University this morning announced that the university has received the largest single donation in its history, a charitable gift of $14,508,342 from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  According to ASU-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Robert Potts, the gift will be utilized to construct a three-story health sciences building just northeast of the Student Union/Reng Center.

"We are thrilled to announce this gift because of what it will mean for generations of ASU students seeking careers in the health sciences," Potts said.  "The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences will be a fitting tribute to the memory of the gentleman whose ambition and genorosity made this gift possible."

The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences is designed as a 50,000 square-foot structure that will house the Speech & Hearing Clinic, nursing and nurse anesthesia skills laboratories, classrooms, computer lab, dedicated research spaces and special project rooms.  The gift includes more than $1 million in furnishings and major equipment costs.

"The generosity displayed through this gift will make a significant difference for the faculty, staff and students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and those they serve in our region," said Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the college.  "We are extremely grateful to the Trustees of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for their confidence in our ability to create a facility that will enhance and enrich the lives of others."

K8 News will have more information on today's announcment tonight on K8 News at Five and K8 News at Six.