Mount Union College Receives $1 Million For A Center For Public Service
January 23, 2004
Matching the need for leaders in public service with Mount Union College's desire for a center for public service, the U.S. Congress has passed an appropriations bill that earmarks $1 million to the College for a Center for Public Service.
According to U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Navarre), a Mount Union alumnus, the commitment was made to "assure the education of a new generation of people who understand the importance of public service and the links between federal, state and local government agencies and college campuses. Since Mount Union College is a leader in understanding this concept, the federal funding will provide the necessary seed money to accelerate the process."
Mount Union plans to use the earmark to provide the framework for a comprehensive public service program that will raise the awareness of the need for public servants nationwide.
"This Center is intended to provide the necessary education and skills for young people to realize the significance of public service," Dr. Jack Ewing, president of Mount Union College, said. "There is a crying need for qualified people in public service and we believe Mount Union College has the appropriate people and resources to make a significant impact in this area. This is not about bricks and mortar, it's about people, and educating people in a wide range of disciplines is what we do best."
According to Ewing, plans for the Center have been ongoing, and the earmark will allow for a speedier implementation of the programmatic aspects of the Center.