In 2023, Drury turns 150 and creates an engineering program

Drury President Tim Cloyd speaks at the dedication of a new building in late October.

In September, Drury University will mark the start of its 150th year.

President Tim Cloyd said the private liberal arts institution is now planning how to celebrate the milestone and the contributions of the campus and its students since 1873.

“We’re going to celebrate that in the fall and ring the commemorative bell, similar to the one they rang years ago when they opened classes at Drury,” Cloyd said. “We’re looking forward to that. We have a lot of events planned.”

One publication is also expected this year, a pictorial history of the Drury campus.

In an interview with News-Leader, Cloyd provided an update on the ongoing efforts and what’s planned for the coming year.

Fundraising campaign continues

In late October, with much fanfare, Drury completed the CH “Chub” O’Reilly Entrepreneurial Center and the Breech School of Business Administration and the Judy Thompson Center for Executive Conferences. It opens in January.

The project was the crown jewel in a successful multi-year fundraising campaign. Cloyd said: “We passed the $73 million mark.”

The second five-year phase of the campaign is beginning, but the university isn’t ready to reveal the goal, in part, because of how inflation can affect capital projects.

The CH “Chub” O'Reilly Entrepreneurial Center officially opens in January.

“There are many priorities, but number 1 is a new student life center,” he said. Others include student scholarships, academic programs, and “heritage buildings.”

Cloyd, halfway through his seventh year as president, said older structures on campus need to be renovated or updated and that includes addressing any deferred maintenance.

A gift is making it possible for Drury to renovate Claire Thompson Hall.

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