The gift will support construction of a $20 million facility that houses all the college's various arts programs and serves as a focal point for campus life. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, the building will include Lingle Music Hall, with movable seating for up to two hundred and seventy; a small theater; studios and rehearsal space; and classrooms for visual arts and music instruction.
A Richmond native, Paul Lingle is the president of three local companies: Lingle Real Estate, Meadow Park, Inc., and Bayberry Development Group. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Wittenburg University and a master's degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University.
"A high percentage of Earlham students take classes in the arts, and a strong arts program is critical for the future health of the college," said Earlham president David Dawson. "We expect that this new facility to add to the college's appeal to prospective students. As a building, the new center will, above all, be a center — because for the first time, our various arts programs will be drawn together into a common space that makes possible the creative synergies that foster creative collaboration and cutting-edge innovation in many disciplines."