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Building on Excellence

Sep 19, 2013
by Staff

Kenan Trust Awards $1.5 Million Challenge Grant for Pollard Hall

The Trustees of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust have approved a challenge grant of $1.5 million to support construction of Pollard Hall, the first academic building Flagler College has built since the Proctor Library in 1996. In fact, Pollard Hall will be the first dedicated classroom building Flagler has ever constructed, and the Kenan Trust has recognized this important moment in the College’s history with an unprecedented show of support.

“The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has had a long association with and close ties to Flagler College. It gives me great pleasure that my co-trustees share a commitment to honor the Pollard family and this great College,” said Tom S. Kenan III.

To meet the challenge, Flagler is launching the “Building on Excellence” campaign for Pollard Hall, which will offer donors the opportunity to name a part of the academic complex at one-half of previous gift levels.

“The impact of the generous support of the Kenan Trust on Flagler College’s development is beyond measure. We are extremely grateful for their past support, and for their current assistance with this important project,” said Flagler President William T. Abare, Jr., Ed.D.

The Trust was established by the bequest of William R. Kenan, Jr., who was the brother of Henry Flagler’s third wife Mary Lily Kenan. The Trust’s first contribution to Flagler College dates back to 1976, but this is the largest commitment of Kenan funds ever received by the College. The college has until June 2015 to meet the challenge.

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