Ohio Wesleyan University Receives $12.25 Million in Gifts

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced gifts totaling more than $12.25 million from George H. and Patricia "Patsy" Belt Conrades and Phillip J. and Nancy La Porte Meek.

The Conradeses donated $6.25 million as seed money for the planning and completion of the Branch Rickey Athletics Complex. Short-term components of the project include construction of the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, installing stadium lights at Selby Field, and replacing the playing surface and netting at the Gordon Field House, while longer-term plans include the replacement and relocation of the field house and the current Branch Rickey Arena.

The Meeks pledged more than $6 million, including a $2 million estate gift. The gift includes $3.5 million to support the construction of the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center and $500,000 to help endow the directorship of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Additional funds will support the university's annual fund and the creation of a new campus entranceway.

"I am impressed Ohio Wesleyan's alumni remain so loyal and committed to ensuring that the university continues to move forward with such purpose and vision," said Rock Jones, incoming president of the university. "The generosity of George and Patsy, and of Phil and Nancy, will help us to meet the needs of our students for years to come."

"Ohio Wesleyan Receives More Than $12.25 Million in Alumni Gifts." Ohio Wesleyan University Press Release 05/16/2008.