An architectural rendering of the proposed academic complex.
During the past several weeks, Monmouth College has received more than $5 million in documented and verbal gift commitments for its planned $38 million academic complex. The new facility, which will be the college’s first new academic building since 1990, will house Monmouth’s business and science departments and allow for greater integration between academic disciplines.
The commitments include gifts of six figures or more from a group of four current and emeritus members of the college’s board of trustees: vice chairman William Trubeck ’68 of Long Lake, Minn.; former chairman Safford Peacock of Lincoln; and trustees Robert Dahl of Washington, D.C., and Jack Schultz of Effingham. Several other trustees have also stepped forward with significant gifts toward the project.
Trubeck believes the academic complex will be a major step forward for the college, and it will also allow history to repeat itself.
“I am completely behind the college’s plans to move forward with this exciting facility,” said Trubeck, who is a business and financial consultant. “When I was a student at Monmouth, the college was nationally known for its success in the sciences. This new complex will allow those departments to again rise to that prominence, while at the same time enhancing Monmouth’s outstanding business programs.”
Trubeck, who joined the board in 2002, added, “There are so many ‘food and fuel’ issues that are going on in the country that have their roots right here in western Illinois. This complex will allow Monmouth College to be on the leading edge of all that. I believe it will give the college a distinct advantage and will set Monmouth apart from the rest of the pack.”
The gift from Peacock and his wife, Betty, is a 100 percent increase of a prior pledge. More than a decade ago, the couple made the naming gift for the college’s $1.7 million Peacock Memorial Athletic Park.
“Our previous gift filled what was termed as a ‘pressing need’ for the college at the time, and we couldn’t be happier with the way the facility turned out,” said Peacock. “We view the academic complex as another opportunity for Monmouth College to distinguish itself – this time in the very crucial areas of business and science – and we are delighted to be able to assist with the project.”
Molly Ball, MC’s vice president for development and college relations, made special note of the Peacocks’ pledge, which includes an estate gift.
“The power of estate gifts is enormous,” she said. “They can really change an institution.”
In fact, during the first week of the new year, Monmouth College received another estate gift worth nearly $900,000 from the late Petrene Lauritsen, a 1948 graduate from Kansas City, Mo., which will also go toward the academic complex.
Ball added, “We are very pleased by all the support that the academic complex has received in the past few weeks. It has provided some very positive momentum toward the project, and we anticipate that other trustees, alumni and friends will step forward with their support in the near future.”
Plans call for the 140,000-square-foot complex to be built in the 700 block of East Broadway, just south of Archer Ave. It was designed by the award-winning international architecture firm Burt Hill.