University House named in honor of Crossland family
June 20, 2012 4:26PM
Throughout the months of planning, design and construction, Pittsburg State University officials have referred to the newest building on campus as simply “the University House.” With the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents on June 20, the building now has a name: the Crossland Family University House. Informally, it will be called the Crossland House.
The regents approved naming the building for the Ivan, Sr., and Virginia Crossland family not only for their contributions as the lead donors, but also for their longstanding support of the university.
“The Crossland family and Crossland Construction Company have done so much for Pittsburg State throughout the years,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “It’s this type of private support that allows Pittsburg State to continue to thrive and serve as an academic destination of choice for students throughout the world. We’re grateful to the Crossland family and to our many private donors for their support.”
The Crossland family and Crossland Construction Company have been long-time supporters of Pittsburg State University. Crossland Construction is also one of the top employers for graduates of PSU’s School of Construction. Since 1989, the family and the company together have given more than $2.3 million for scholarships, capital construction projects and student initiatives.
“Pittsburg State University has provided educational opportunities not only to the Crossland family, but also to many of our employees,” said Ivan Crossland, Jr., CEO of Crossland Construction. “We know how important the university is to our company and the surrounding communities and we’re honored to be able to help Pitt State continue to grow.”
Construction of the Crossland House, which is nearing completion, was funded entirely by private gifts. The 6,500-square-foot structure replaced a single-family residence that was built in 1954. Unlike the previous structure, the Crossland House was designed to serve as an entertainment and engagement space for guests of the university, as well as a private residence for the president and his family.
The university will hold a public open house celebration for the Crossland House in August.
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