Monmouth College will honor one of its former presidents, Bruce Haywood, on July 24 with a private dedication ceremony at the college’s new Center for Science and Business.
The Haywood Wing, which is located on the east side of the building’s second floor and houses the business and accounting programs, honors his distinguished service and dedicated leadership.
Haywood became Monmouth’s 10th president in 1980 and served until 1994. Among the major accomplishments of his 14-year administration was the establishment of challenging general education requirements as a key component of the Monmouth curriculum and growth of the endowment from $4.4 million to $24 million. During his tenure, four new faculty chairs were established, Wells Theater and Glennie Gymnasium were constructed and a forward-thinking academic computer network for the institution was developed.
Haywood’s vision for Monmouth and his untiring commitment to improving the academic rigor and financial stability of the institution helped establish a foundation for the success the college is experiencing today, said Molly Ball, MC’s vice president for development and college relations.
“It’s rare that you get to know a former president so well, and feel comfortable seeking his advice on former students,” added Ball. “I’ve met with Bruce for advice and guidance throughout my tenure at Monmouth, and I always walk away with a new and wonderful perspective on the college and her alumni.”
A native of England who served in counterintelligence during World War II, Haywood emigrated to the United States, earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He came to Monmouth after serving 27 years at Kenyon College, where he specialized in German language and philosophy. For three years, he also served as Kenyon’s dean, and he was provost there from 1966 to 1980.
Formally dedicated in May, the 138,000-square foot Center for Science and Business is the first new academic building on campus in two decades and is now the largest such structure. It signals a shift for the college from focusing on constructing and renovating residence halls and athletic facilities to striving for excellence in academics.
The design of the building was driven by the belief that an education for the 21st century must highlight the integration of knowledge, and that excellent colleges go beyond offering good courses by helping students understand how all their courses fit together.