Sheridan College To Build New Residence Hall
Sheridan College will begin construction on a 100-bed residence hall in coming months, increasing the college’s residential capacity by over 20 percent as early as next fall.
The $9 million project is being funded largely by Whitney Benefits, which is contributing $7.1 million to the project. Whitney Benefits Board President Roy Garber said that the contribution falls in line with Edward Whitney’s instructions for his philanthropic legacy. Whitney stressed the value of education, and directed the managers of the Whitney Benefits to support higher education efforts.
“That was one of the things that he spelled out, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve always been such a big contributor to the college,” Garber said.
Garber believes that the new residence hall will help students both financially and academically.
“When students have on-campus housing, they have a higher success rate than not,” Garber said.
This pattern of thought was echoed by Vice President of Student Affairs Leah Barrett in a press release.
“Statistically, students who live on campus have an increased likelihood to succeed. Success in this instance means they reach their educational goal of either graduating and securing a good job or transferring on to a four-year college or university,” Barrett said. “So, in a very real way, Whitney Benefits is once again contributing directly to student success.”
Whitney Benefits has contributed $72.5 million to the college in the past decade. The structure’s name, Centennial Hall, serves as a nod to Whitney’s century-long contribution to Sheridan’s community.
The college is already doing preparation on the proposed residence hall site and expects to break ground in November.