CU breaks ground on new School of Education building

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By The Staff

Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Ground was broken recently for a new 14,000-square-foot building that will house a School of Education at Campbellsville University.

"Teaching is the profession that creates all others," said Dr. Brenda Priddy, dean of the school, as CU's oldest educational program began work on its new home.

A check for $250,000 was also received from James Achterhof, director of the Richard Van Lunen Foundation that has pledged $750,000 toward the building.

Achterhof said that the Van Lunen Foundation furthers Christian education, and "We are really pleased to be a partner with Campbellsville University.

"Think of all of the teachers who will go out and be the future dispensers of salt of the earth," he said quoting from scripture. He urged the faculty, administration, staff and students to stay dedicated to Christ.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said the foundation's lead gift "means so much to us."

"Thank you for believing in teacher education," he told Achterhof, who was presented with a resolution of appreciation to the foundation.

Carter and Priddy discussed the history of CU's education program - the oldest one that began in 1907.

"Education has always been at the heart of this institution," Carter said.

Priddy pointed out that two of the earliest professors in the Russell Creek Academy Normal School (the earliest name of Campbellsville University) were Garnett Graves, chief instructor, and Maude Wade, who were both on the Board of Examiners in Taylor and Green counties.

"The program at that time had a reputation for the excellence in teacher preparation as graduates received top grades on Kentucky Department of Education licensing exams," she said.

"Today, that tradition has continued as the School of Education has consistently maintained a 90 percent or better pass rate on teacher licensure exams."

She thanked those attending, including superintendents and teachers from other school systems. She also said the late Jean Pennebaker, a friend to the School of Education, was "here in spirit."

Today, the School of Education has 19 programs, including P-5 elementary education; 5-9 middles grades education; 8-12, English, math, biology, chemistry and social studies; P-12, art, music, health, physical education and special education; P-12, English as a Second Language endorsement; master of arts in education, master of arts in special education, gifted education endorsement, director of special education and the new Rank I program.

The new School of Education building will feature the Dr. Beulah Campbell Children's Literature Collection Room, six classrooms, an auditorium, dean's suite, 20 offices, a student lounge, faculty workroom and conference room. Naming opportunities are available for each of the rooms and furnishings.

Dr. Beulah Campbell, an alumnus of CU who attended in 1935-1936, was honored with a resolution of appreciation.

Campbell's educational experience ranged from teaching in a one-room school in Taylor County to serving as a profession of education at Appalachian State University from 1956 to 1981.

She has been widely known for her knowledge of and work in children's literature, has been recognized by numerous professional organizations across the country and has received an honorary doctorate of public service degree from Campbellsville University.

Campbell is a major donor to the School of Education building, and the building will house her collection of children's literature and materials that she donated to the institution.

Dr. Jay Conner, a member of CU's Board of Trustees and chair of the Advancement Committee, gave the prayer for the groundbreaking, and Benji Kelly, vice president for development, welcomed those attending and introduced special guests, including Paul Osborne, chair of the Board of Trustees' building and grounds committee; Ken Koehler, architect; and Freddie Hilpp of Hilpp Construction who are constructing the building. Pat Burkhart, CU trustee and chair of the academic committee, gave the closing prayer.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has accredited Campbellsville University.

u Joan C. McKinney is news and publications coordinator at Campbellsville University.