The alumni donor couple has requested the University use the gift as a matching challenge for other prospective donors. Through this couple’s generosity and commitment to Baker University sciences, this challenge has already inspired a new level of giving to Baker and to this project.
“I am humbled and forever grateful for this donor couple and their incredible gift,” Long said. “Their vision for this facility and the future of our University’s science and math programs is so very appreciated.”
Although the donors did not want to be recognized, they did have a special request: to name the new facility the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education. The facility includes the original Mulvane Science Hall, the 9,000-square-foot addition and the rebuilt greenhouse.
An institution at Baker, Ivan Boyd taught biology from 1941 to 1972, mentoring students who have gone on to have an impact locally, nationally and internationally through careers in medicine, education, research, environmental protection and other scientific fields. His children and their spouses and several grandchildren have attended Baker and worked at the University. His son, Roger, serves as Baker's director of natural areas and professor emeritus of biology. The Boyd family truly captures the Baker spirit and is the embodiment of the University’s mission to produce confident, competent contributors to society.