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Manchester University to build new home for business school

January 4th, 2018

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

Manchester University will build a new, $8.5 million center to house its College of Business and several student service offices.

The university announced the project Tuesday. A ground-breaking is planned in mid-May.

The Augustus and Lockie Chinworth Center takes its name from the parents of alumnus Herb Chinworth, who donated more than $5 million to name it in their honor. Herb Chinworth, who studied at Manchester from 1938-1940, pledged the funds as part of the university’s Students First! campaign, which ended in 2014. He died in May 2017.

The Chinworth Center, which is expected to open at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, will add 36,00 square feet for student learning and services.

Just north of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street, the first floor will include a one-stop shop for the registrar and student financial services. The first-floor student services hub will also include a commuter lounge, coffee bar and offices for study abroad, honors, student activities and other programs.

The College of Business, now housed in the Academic Center across the street, will move to the second floor of the Chinworth Center.

Manchester business programs include accounting, professional sales, business management, sport management, finance, entrepreneurship and marketing.

Manchester is also building a $1 million Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center. Work began last month. The university has $6.5 million in hand or in pledges for the $8.5 million Chinworth project. It has $780,000 for the intercultural center.