Gov. Quinn Presents $23 Million Check to Fund Science Building

Gov. Pat Quinn presented a $23 million check to SIUE last week for the renovation of the old Science Building within the College of Arts and Sciences. The funds will completely renovate the existing building connected to the recently completed, brand new science facility. The building’s completion will enable it to become one of the Midwest’s top higher education science centers.

SIU President Glenn Poshard and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe welcomed the governor, expressing thanks and appreciation to Quinn and everyone involved in the construction of the new building. Poshard said this project, with SIUE’s excellent faculty and growing number of students, “is the next step in the university’s advancement.”

Quinn expressed his support of the project’s initiative.

“It’s very important we understand that we have to make investments if we want to grow,” Quinn said.

In addition, Chairman of the SIU Board of Trustees Randal Thomas spoke. Jim Underwood represented the Illinois Capital Development Board, and Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) shared his experiences in relation to SIUE as he grew up in the area.

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