ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Northwestern College has received the largest single gift in its history, a $6 million naming gift for its new $24.5 million facility for the health and natural sciences. President Greg Christy announced the gift and the building’s name, at the college’s spring board meeting on April 13. Northwestern College’s Public Relations Director Duane Beeson explains.
The name honors Jack and Mary DeWitt of Holland, Mich., who contributed the lead gift for the 61,000-square-foot building that is on schedule to open this August.
Beeson says the DeWitt family has a long history of generously supporting Christian higher education and Northwestern College in particular.
Beeson names some of the other buildings on the Northwestern College campus that have been built as a result of the DeWitt family’s generosity.
Beeson says the completion of The Jack and Mary DeWitt Family Science Center is scheduled to be finished by next fall. Beeson says the new science center will house classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices for the departments of biology, chemistry and nursing. It will also include increased space for collaborative student-faculty research. Beeson says the new science center is
already nearly paid in full.
Northwestern College has for several years been ranked by the U-S News and World Report, and other national ratings, as being one of the top colleges in the Midwest and nation.