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Utah Valley University names Library after philanthropist Ira Fulton

18 November 2016 No Comment

University Marketing & Communications: Chris Taylor | 801-863-8484 | taylorch@uvu.edu

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The Utah Valley University library – one of the enduring symbols of the institution’s transition to university status – has a namesake. UVU President Matthew S. Holland today announced during the university’s culminating 75th anniversary event – the unveiling of the Roots of Knowledge stained glass windows – that the library will hereafter be known as the Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton Library.

The announcement comes approximately eight years after the library was dedicated as the capstone event to the institution’s university transition, a transition that the Fultons were instrumental to and became synonymous with. In 2006, Ira Fulton and his late wife, Mary Lou, helped boost transition efforts by announcing a matching challenge campaign, affectionately known as the Fulton Challenge, that sparked a new level of giving at UVU. He also personally petitioned the state legislature on both floors to make the institution a university.

“The impact that the Fultons have had on this institution, its students, and its future cannot be overstated,” President Holland said. “The path to university status would have undoubtedly been a more difficult one to travel were it not for the Fultons. Our library stands as a symbolic representation and reminder of our university transition and, as such, it is fitting that it will bear the Fulton name. The Fultons’ generosity will impact students at Utah Valley University for generations to come.”

In addition to the Fultons’ support of university status and other varied previous support, the university announced several other new gifts from the Fultons, one of which will create an endowment fund for the library to provide operational and programmatic support. Another helped complete and will support maintenance of the Roots of Knowledge windows, now a permanent fixture and centerpiece in the Fulton Library.

“The library is the foundation of knowledge for the university,” Ira Fulton said. “The idea of the Roots of Knowledge windows being in the library – what a combination. There is going to be no place in the world like it. It is going to be special. It’s going to give the university a whole new dimension. It gives me goose bumps.”

The Fultons were also recognized during the ceremony for new contributions supporting the Center for Constitutional Studies – also headquartered in the library – and establishing the university’s first-ever endowed chair.

The Mary Lou Fulton Endowed Chair in Education Effectiveness and Innovation will reside in the UVU School of Education. Fulton said he made the gift in honor and memory of Mary Lou and her love and passion for education.

“We, in the School of Education, are so pleased with this generous gift from the Fulton family,” said School of Education Dean Parker Fawson. “We are actively involved in efforts to innovate and improve education in our service region and around the state, and this gift will help to launch our efforts forward.”

Ira Fulton is a philanthropist, land developer, businessman, and founder of Fulton Homes. The late Mary Lou Fulton worked as an educator most of her life. Donating a significant amount of their corporate profits, they have invested more than $300 million toward worthy causes, primarily those associated with education in an effort to educate tomorrow’s leaders.



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