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Milligan dorm building to be named for late former president Jeanes, wife

Rex Barber • Jan 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

MILLIGAN COLLEGE — One of the buildings in Milligan College’s new dormitory complex will be named after the former president and first lady.

Bill Greer, president of Milligan, announced Tuesday that Milligan trustee Bill Greene had made a generous donation to the school and requested one of the dorms in the school’s new housing village be named in honor of the late Don Jeanes and his wife, Clarinda.

Don Jeanes passed away in August. He retired as Milligan’s president in 2011. He was succeeded by Greer.

Don and Clarinda Jeanes Hall is one of five buildings in the first phase of the housing village currently under construction on campus.

“You know, I can’t think better than to name the first residence hall for the honor and memory of Don Jeanes, who had such a significant impact on Milligan College, not only during his 14-year tenure here as president but before that as a trustee and a longtime supporter of Milligan, alum of Milligan,” Greer said.

Greene, chairman of BancTenn Corp., made his gift toward this new housing village at Milligan and asked instead of having his name placed on a building, the school honor the Jeanes family.

“They brought such dynamic leadership to Milligan College,” he said. “The servant leader liberal arts school that it is is one of the premiere schools in the country. They basically moved Milligan College up one more notch.”

Clarinda Jeanes was in attendance in Seeger Memorial Chapel when the announcement was made Tuesday.

She said she was doing better since her husband’s death and was surprised to have one of the new dorms bear the Jeanes name.

“Humbled, honored are words that come to my mind,” Jeanes said. “It’s really a special thing.”

Jeanes said the new housing village will be good for Milligan.

“I just think this is a wonderful addition to Milligan,” she said. “You know, Milligan is positioned to grow and I think Bill Greer is a great leader and he has been able to add on where Don left off and it’s rewarding to see that.”

The gift from Greene is the second major gift for the housing village. The first phase of the village will cost $12.5 million. When completed, the entire village could include up to 12 villages.

“Construction is going very, very well despite the rainy and wet weather we’ve had, a lot of ice and snow,” Greer said. “They’ve had the buildings in the dry and they’re able to work regardless of the weather, but we’re on target for opening these new residence halls by fall.”

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