Statement from University President Joe Wiley

It is with great enthusiasm and deepest appreciation that the board of directors of Freed-Hardeman University accepts the gift of the Renaissance Center from the Jackson Foundation. We are honored to be entrusted with this magnificent facility and to take up its mission to enrich the lives of the local community through arts and education.

This is a transformational event in the history of our university. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect opportunity to expand into Middle Tennessee. Being able to provide our faculty and students with a state-of-the-art learning facility of this size and reputation is quite frankly above and beyond our wildest expectations. The Renaissance Center is the answer to a lot of prayers and represents the largest gift in the history of Freed-Hardeman University.

We are excited to be a part of the Dickson community, and I want to personally assure everyone in Middle Tennessee that the “Renaissance Center” name and mission will remain intact. We have no intention of displacing the people of Dickson from this wonderful landmark. The university will continue to offer a wide variety of community programs, classes, and performances alongside our undergraduate and graduate programs.

It’s because of the place the Renaissance Center holds in the heart of its community that we feel Freed-Hardeman has found the perfect home for our Middle Tennessee program. We look forward to being an active part of the economic, educational and cultural advancement of the city. Our goal is to enrich the quality of life of the entire community by bringing new jobs, new opportunities for education, and new investment to Dickson County.

We want to thank the Jackson Foundation for creating such a prestigious learning center and for trusting us with its future growth and development. We have enormous respect for the Jackson Foundation’s mission, and we look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.