Major gift commitment to turn Gohn Hall dream into reality

Thanks to a major gift commitment, Missouri State University will be able to complete its No. 1 capital priority: renovation of Gohn Hall. The gift that made the project possible came from the family who originally donated the home: longtime West Plains banker David Gohn and his sister, longtime public educator Virginia Gohn Sapp of St. Louis, Mo.

Renovation of Gohn Hall, expected to cost approximately $2.5 million, will be bid this fall, with construction to begin in the spring of 2012. The renovated facility is expected to open in time for classes in fall 2013. Once completed, the building will provide a permanent home for Missouri State University’s Academic Outreach Program, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on the West Plains campus.

Missouri State University System Interim President Clif Smart made the announcement today (Sept. 14). The gift will be coupled with university monies from both the Springfield and West Plains campuses to complete the estimated $2.5 million project.

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