November 18, 2009
09-203

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

Lecture Hall Named in Honor of Jennetts

VALDOSTA -- The University System of Georgia approved naming Valdosta State University’s newest academic building in honor of Jerry and Kay Jennett for their significant philanthropic efforts.

“It is a fitting tribute to name an academic facility in honor of Jerry and Kay Jennett -- two outstanding individuals who have demonstrated repeatedly their leadership and commitment to Valdosta State University and higher education,” said President Patrick J. Schloss.

The Jennetts have taken leadership roles at Valdosta State by supporting many programs, most notably within athletics and the arts. However, their contributions go far beyond monetary gifts. Jerry has served on presidential and other search committees and is currently serving his third term on the VSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Kay is a member of the Symphony Guild and her artistic abilities have enhanced numerous campus events, including the inaugural Blazin’ Hot Night dinner and auction. The couple has funded numerous scholarships that help attract the most talented and gifted students within athletics, music and theater.

Last year the Jennetts -- along with Ed and Mary Crane and Harley and Eileen Langdale -- were presented with the President’s Medallion in recognition of their remarkable generosity of time and personal resources to Valdosta State University.

Ground breaking for Jennett Hall is scheduled for December and operational for classes by fall 2010. The 15,700 square-foot building includes two auditorium-style classrooms, each with a seating capacity of approximately 350. The approximately $1.9 million academic facility will be located on the corner of Baytree Road and N. Oak Street adjacent to the Education Center.

Funds to construct the facility have been generated through strategic focus, a new planning a budget process that enables administrators to respond to the needs and opportunities that advance the mission of Valdosta State.