Marian University embarked on a $13 million fundraising journey, The Marian Campaign. The campaign will fund the $12 million renovation of the science building. Upon completion, the new Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center will have eight modern laboratories, quality student and faculty research areas, and enviable teaching spaces that will meet and exceed the requirements for the delivery of a quality 21st century curriculum. Although the primary focus is on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), all Marian students will have the opportunity take classes in and use the building. Health care and science majors will have access to the state-of-the-art equipment they need to be leaders in their respective fields.
Dr. Richard Ridenour was Marian’s 11th president, serving Marian from August 1, 1997 – June 30, 2006. A medical doctor and a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, retired, who formerly commanded the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Ridenour brought a renewed pride in the tradition and spirit of Marian and set a new footprint for the future. Marian added the Todd Wehr Alumni Center and the Stayer Center for Technology and Executive Learning during his tenure. Academic offerings were expanded to include an innovative Information Technology program and an Honors Program. The University experienced significant enrollment growth under Ridenour’s leadership. Dr. Ridenour’s wife, Leslie, also played an active role in supporting Marian’s success.
“We feel honored to have this building dedicated in our name,” said President Emeritus Ridenour. “Leslie and I always felt at home at Marian University. This is a great university and this addition to campus will enhance the learning experience for students.”
The other component of The Marian Campaign is to grow the university’s endowment by $1 million. This will increase the number of scholarships given to Marian students with financial need.