Lenoir-Rhyne University recently received a $358,600 grant from The Cannon Charitable Trusts to fund infrastructure improvements. As a result of the grant, several roofs will be replaced at the Hickory campus and various infrastructure enhancements will be completed at the Columbia campus, home to The Graduate School Columbia and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
"I would like to thank The Cannon Charitable Trusts for this generous investment," said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. "The funding from the Cannon Charitable Trusts is a catalyst that advances our capital improvements and elevates the quality of education we deliver to our students."
Specifically, funding from the grant will help replace the original 1959 roof on the Minges Science Building, the ballast roof on Belk Centrum, and slate roof on Rudisill Library at the Hickory campus. The Columbia project has four components: demolition of a two unoccupied facilities, a new roof on the student center, and replacement of the air conditioning in Beam Hall. All the projects will be completed during the 2019-20 academic year.
Based in Concord, North Carolina, The Cannon Foundation and the Cannon Charitable Trusts were established to carry on the charitable works of Charles A. Cannon, president and chairman of Cannon Mills Company.