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Hope to Name New Musical Arts Center for Jack H. Miller

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (drawing courtesy Hope College)
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (drawing courtesy Hope College)
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HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - An ambitious project when unveiled several years ago is getting closer to becoming a complete reality at Hope College.

The Holland school announced today that the pending 35 million-dollar Center for Musical Arts building will be named in honor of Jack Miller, who made what was only described as a “major gift” for the project. It continues a legacy from his family, as he, along with his mother, his siblings and all of his four children all graduated from Hope. One of those children, Meg Willit, admitted that this wasn’t a slam-decision on her dad’s part. The building culminates a 175 million-dollar “A Greater Hope” comprehensive fundraising campaign at Hope, according to the school’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Mark DeWitt.

School officials hope to break ground at the site of the former Lincoln Park at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 9th Street as early as October, with a fall of 2015 construction completion forecast.