Ohio University has announced a $22 million gift from alumna and longtime supporter Violet L. Patton ('38), boosting the total of her commitments to the Ohio University Foundation to $64 million since 2010.
Announced on the day Patton turned 103 years old, the gift will support the Patton College of Education, which is named after her parents, and the new Violet L. Patton Center for Arts Education. Approximately half of the total Patton has pledged over the past decade will support the design, construction, and furnishing of the Patton Center, while $27 million will support the Patton College of Education and $5 million will support ongoing maintenance of both complexes.
"Dr. Patton's generosity is truly overwhelming and humbling. Her gifts have transformed, and will continue to transform, arts and education at Ohio University," said Ohio University president M. Duane Nellis. "The Violet L. Patton Center for Arts Education will be a jewel on our Arts Education Green, which will be on the east end of North Green and will encompass buildings that house music and dance, arts and education, and the new Patton Center. This vibrant green will serve as an entry point for campus and as a magnet for excellent students, faculty, and staff to embrace and experience the arts."