Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Receives $1 Million Contribution from Oxford Foundation
to Renovate Ware Fine Arts Center
Lincoln University President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D.
(center), is presented with the commitment of $1 million
from the Board of Directors of the Oxford Foundation to
renovate the University's Ware Fine Arts Center, Theatre
and Studio. The Board members (L-R) are: John H. Ware
IV, Carol Ware Gates, President Nelson, Board Chairman
Paul W. Ware, and Marilyn Ware.
University, PA (www.lincoln.edu) Lincoln University
today announced that the institution has received a commitment
of $1 million from the Oxford Foundation to renovate the
University's Ware Fine Arts Center, Theatre and Studio.
University is very pleased to receive this very generous
gift from the Oxford Foundation to renovate our campus
facility for the study of fine arts. The Foundation's
gift demonstrates strong support of the University and
helps us to continue to provide an excellent higher education
to current and future generations of students, in a first-rate
facility," said President Ivory V. Nelson, Ph.D.
Nelson added, "This marks the first significant gift
of its kind that Lincoln has received from a major donor
in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It clearly signals our
strengthened relationship with our community and supporters
as we prepare to launch our one-hundredth and fiftieth
anniversary celebration. The renovation of the facility
reaffirms Lincoln's commitment to our students. Once the
work is completed, the Ware Fine Arts Center will also
be of great educational and cultural value for the community
in 1965, the two-story, 23,020 gross square-foot Ware
Fine Arts Center is named in memory of Clara E. and John
H. Ware, Jr., longtime friends and supporters of the University.
"We are equally pleased to contribute to the revitalization
of Lincoln University and the campus facility that bears
the names of Clara E. and John H. Ware, Jr.," said
Paul W. Ware, chairman of the Board of Directors for the
Oxford Foundation. "The Oxford Foundation looks for
organizations that do good work in excellent ways. For
nearly one hundred and fifty years, Lincoln has been in
the forefront of American higher education as a leading
university that produces excellent and successful graduates."
in 1947 in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania by John
H. Ware, 3rd, and Marian S. Ware, the Oxford Foundation,
Inc., is a private family foundation dedicated to promoting
excellence in health, human services, education, early
childhood development, historic and environmental preservation,
arts and culture, and public policy planning.
University's Ware Fine Arts Center includes an auditorium,
recording facilities, a gallery for art exhibits, faculty
offices, seminar quarters and classrooms.
in 1854 in southern Chester County, PA as America's first
Historically Black University, Lincoln University provides
the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based
undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs
to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological
and global society. The University enrolls approximately
2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
April 10, 2003 through May 2004, the University will celebrate
its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, with an array
of campus and external events, activities, and announcements.