Last week marked the grand opening of Simpson College’s Kent Campus Center. The student center includes several restaurants, including Au Bon pain and Red Mango, as well as the college bookstore and the Principal Black Box Theatre. The second floor features the Hubbell Dining Room and space for several Simpson offices. The center, more than 10 years in the making, was a result of James H. Kent, former CEO of Kent Corporation, pledging $4 million to the project, which was not only the project’s largest donation, but also the largest donation from a living donor in Simpson’s history. Gage Kent spoke on behalf of the family at the ceremony to dedicate the new campus hub. The Kent family has many ties to Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where the first Kent Feed operation began.
James and Irene Kent have been passionate supporters and contributors in the college experience, especially the experience at Simpson College. This passion has been carried out through Gage Kent, who today serves as a member of the Simpson College Board of Trustees.
To view the Simpson College site regarding the dedication ceremony, click here.
Read a student’s letter to the editor at Muscatine Journal: The Kent family has done a lot for Muscatine and for all of Iowa.