Groundbreaking Friday for new entrance Phase II
April 13, 2009
Bryan College will break ground for Phase II of its new entrance construction project Friday (April 17) in a ceremony at the campus end of the drive at 11 a.m.
Construction on Phase I of the entrance, the section between U.S. 27 and Richland Street, is expected to be completed in May. Work on Phase II is expected to begin after graduation in May, as the project will involve loss of a parking lot and extensive earth-moving as fill is moved to the new road bed.
Among those to take part in the groundbreaking are Michael Gerson, former policy advisor and speechwriter for President George W. Bush; State Sen. Ken Yager; State Rep. Jim Cobb; Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent; County Executive Billy Ray Patton; and student government President Rachel Welch.
Former Bryan Trustee Don Efird is to offer the invocation. Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said, “We are particularly pleased that Don Efird can be with us. Don told me at my first trustee meeting that he and others had been praying for an entrance for more than 40 years. We are thrilled to see how God, in His perfect timing, is bringing this project to fruition.”
Also participating will be college trustee Chairman John Haynes; Mary Frances Rudd Carlson, daughter of Bryan’s third president; and student Eric McEachron.
Mark Hickman, who sold the college a portion of the property acquired for the project, will offer the benediction.