The central section of Miami University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science will be officially named Garland Hall, after former Miami President James C. Garland, in a dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.
President David Hodge and Donald Crain, chairman of the board of trustees, invite the community to this public reception in honor of Garland, the 20th president of Miami University. The ceremony will take place on the patio behind the engineering building. A reception will follow.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science was built to accommodate expansion in Miami's engineering departments, including the addition of seven undergraduate majors from 1996-2006, the duration of Garland’s tenure as president of the university. The central section of the building houses the departments of mechanical & manufacturing and electrical & computer engineering.
Garland implemented construction of the new High Street complex for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and significant Benton Hall renovations, which were completed in 2006.
The engineering department expansion was one of Garland’s many initiatives to adapt Miami to recent technological innovations, changing societal needs and contemporary market demands.
These initiatives included establishing the Presidential Multi-Cultural Affairs Council to expand and support diversity on campus; developing the Freedom Summer Memorial on Western Campus; and creating the Center for American and World Cultures in MacMillan Hall.
The Goggin Ice Center and psychology building were also built during Garland’s presidency, and a number of academic buildings were renovated.
Miami’s board of trustees voted to name the central section after Garland in February at the recommendation of the committee on naming of building facilities.