COLUMBIA — Columbia College's new science center is being named for retiring president Gerald Brouder and his wife.
A grand opening for the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center is scheduled for August, according to a news release from the college. The $14 million center at 705 Rangeline St. will have five general laboratories, a 126-seat auditorium, eight advanced labs and 18 faculty offices.
Brouder, the college's 16th president, said in January that he will retire effective Aug. 1.
The naming choice made recently by Columbia College Board of Trustees is meant to recognize Brouder's commitment to strengthening the sciences at the college, the release said. Brouder's pledge to prioritize the sciences dates to his 1995 inaugural address, according to previous Missourian reporting.
The Brouders' shared passion for the sciences comes from their careers in nursing; both worked at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. Gerald Brouder holds four nursing degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin, and Bonnie Brouder graduated from the Ravenswood Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago.
Gerald Brouder said in the release that he is honored and humbled at having the center named for him and his wife: "The science is a grand achievement, a milestone in my career."
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