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Freed-Hardeman University, Jackson Foundation Reach Agreement On Transfer Of Renaissance Center
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
FHU To Begin Offering Classes In Dickson In Fall Of 2014. Gift From Foundation to University Is Realization of Long-Term Goals of Both Institutions.
Freed-Hardeman University is expanding to Middle Tennessee, thanks to the largest gift in the university’s 144-year history. The Jackson Foundation has agreed to transfer ownership of the Renaissance Center in Dickson to the university, effective immediately, under a historic agreement signed Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
The Jackson Foundation created the Renaissance Center in 1999 as part of its mission to inspire excitement about education among both youth and adults. Designed as a fine arts and technology learning center, the $18-million facility includes 110,000 square feet of classroom space, conference rooms, film and video production studios, theater areas, offices, a planetarium, and more.
Starting in the fall semester of 2014, Freed-Hardeman will offer a complete four-year undergraduate program and post-graduate degrees in Dickson, the first such program in the city’s history, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. At the same time, Freed-Hardeman will continue to operate the Renaissance Center as a community venue for classes, meeting space and performances. The facility draws tens of thousands of school children and adult visitors every year.
“We recognize that the Renaissance Center is so much more than a building. It’s the heart of the Dickson community, and that’s why it is the perfect place for Freed-Hardeman to make our home in Middle Tennessee,” said Freed-Hardeman University President Joe Wiley.
"We’re not only creating a new path to a college education for the people of Dickson County, but we’re also bringing in new jobs, new investment, and new residents,” said Doug Jackson, president of the Jackson Foundation.
As part of the transfer agreement, the Jackson Foundation has officially bestowed the building, the grounds, and the parking lot to Freed-Hardeman University as a gift. It has long been the mission of the Jackson Foundation to bring an accredited university to Dickson County, and Freed-Hardeman has been actively searching for an expansion location in Middle Tennessee.
Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to:
Director of Public Relations for Freed-Hardeman University-Dickson at the Renaissance Center