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ACU to dedicate newly renovated Education Building Aug. 26

Abilene Christian University officials will dedicate the renovated education building, formerly known as the Burford Center, Saturday, Aug. 26, at 12:30 p.m. at the new entrance located in the east end of the building (north of Bennett Gymnasium and west of the Mabee Business Building).


The building will house two new departments – the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Graduate Studies in Education – and the dean’s office for the new College of Education and Human Services. Renovation on the education building has taken place since October.


"The education department has needed new facilities for some time," said Dr. Colleen Durington, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We are very excited about the move to this new space."


As part of the renovations to the building, contractors expanded the building to 18,500 square feet and added front and back entrances to the building. The expansion of the building for education is timely. ACU created a new College of Education and Human Services June 1.


"ACU is dedicated to the preparation of exemplary educators. This beautiful new place in which to teach and learn is evidence of that," said Dr. MaLesa Breeding, dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Along with Durrington and Breeding, speakers at the dedication will include Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU; Emily Culp, senior education major from Austin; Dr. David Polnick, superintendent of the Abilene Independent School District; and Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost of the university.


Other departments within the new College of Education and Human Services include the Department of Exercise Science and Health, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the School of Social Work.


View construction photos of the new building at


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