Millersville University announced the dedication and naming of The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster, the University’s 42 N. Prince Street facility, named in honor of Paul W. and Judy S. Ware. The naming took place on September 12, 2011, at a dedication ceremony in Steinman Hall.

At the dedication, University President Francine G. McNairy said, “This is a fitting tribute when you reflect upon Paul and Judy’s involvement and philanthropic commitments to Lancaster community organizations and to higher education. It is important to note that their commitment is not a passing or superficial one, since it is marked by how they have provided time and financial resources that have enabled organizations to reach beyond their original programmatic capacity leading to greater efficiency and clarity of mission.”

At the dedication and naming ceremony were (L-R): Judy Ware, Mike Warfel, Steve Kepchar, Paul Ware and Millersville President Francine G. McNairy.

Also speaking at the event, Mike Warfel ’84, chairman of Millersville’s Council of Trustees (COT), who said, “The purchase of this fine facility has been an interesting journey for the University, and it is important, I believe, for all to know that the University trustees from the start endorsed McNairy’s vision of 42 N. Prince St., as a community asset, bringing together Lancastrians to engage, to innovate and to create, whether around the performing and visual arts or timely community issues. Higher education should be a part of community solutions. It is also important for you to know there would be no trustee approval without a long-range financial plan based on balanced revenues and expenses. This plan was discussed in detail and we, as trustees, are confident in the financial planning that in part is based on successful community involvement and support. To be clear, Millersville University’s investment is long-term – we are here to stay.”

Warfel said that the COT, at its September 21 public meeting, would officially approve the naming of the building. In addition, the COT will recognize those significant donors whose gifts supported the construction of the building by retaining the donor names associated with rooms and areas in the newly named Ware Center.

Also attending the dedication were Steve Kepchar ’71, chairman of the University’s “Soar to Greatness” capital campaign, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, Senator Lloyd Smucker, Representatives Scott Boyd and Michael Sturla and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. John Cavanaugh. The group was recognized for their assistance with the University’s efforts to purchase the building.

“The Ware Center” name will be designated on the outside of the building and within the main lobby area.

To view a video the unveiling, click The Ware Center dedication ceremony.

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