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Philip and Betsey Caldwell Hall dedicated on October 22 as a part of Muskingum College Homecoming Weekend Festivities

Philip and Betsey Caldwell Hall was formally dedicated on Friday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m., under the tent on the campus Quadrangle, as a part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities. A ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately followed at the main entrance of Caldwell Hall.

Caldwell Hall dedication photoThe 32,000 square-foot facility honors the extraordinary lives and generosity of two longtime champions of excellence in higher education. A 1940 graduate of Muskingum College, Philip Caldwell majored in economics and debated on the school’s championship team. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1942 and, following service in the United States Navy, began his career with Ford Motor Company.

Succeeding Henry Ford II as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman—and insisting that “Quality is Job No. One”—he orchestrated one of the most dramatic and successful turnarounds in business history. Upon his retirement from Ford, he served as Senior Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.

A member of the Muskingum College Board of Trustees for 37 years, Mr. Caldwell holds honorary doctoral degrees from his alma mater and numerous other colleges and universities, and has served on the boards of directors of national and multi-national corporations and organizations.

Betsey Clark Caldwell, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, shares with her husband a wide-ranging interest in government, history, books, and music. Mrs. Caldwell has participated in many historic restoration and preservation initiatives and, for many years, served as a member of the Mount Vernon Advisory Board. She also served the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Vice Chairman of the Board of Save Orchestra Hall, one of Detroit’s most successful historic preservation efforts.

Muskingum is deeply grateful for the Caldwells’ commitment to the College and its educational mission. Their dedication to academic excellence will be perpetuated throughout Philip and Betsey Caldwell Hall.

The new facility is an $11.3-million, state-of-the-art academic complex. It houses Muskingum’s speech, journalism and theatre programs, as well as its graphic arts initiative. It is an outgrowth of the College’s facilities master plan, and is it paid for in full, thanks to the generosity of Philip and Betsey Caldwell and other benefactors among the alumni and friends of Muskingum College.

Special features include:

  • Twenty-first century instructional space featuring a full, multi-media classroom, computer-aided design laboratory, lecture hall and seminar rooms.
  • A communication center replete with separate radio and television studios.
  • Faculty offices to accommodate growth in the professorial ranks as a result of the fifty percent increase in undergraduate enrollment since 1996.
  • A theatre with seating for 250 and serving also as a recital hall and cinema.
  • Exhibit hall and lobby.
  • Stage and orchestra pit.
  • Control booth.
  • Dressing rooms.
  • Technical support areas.
  • Experimental theatre/rehearsal hall.
  • Costume and set design laboratories.