Temple University’s new library will officially be named after Temple alumn and university trustee Steve Charles in recognition of a sizable donation.
The donation, which totals ten million dollars, is said to be one of the largest the university has ever seen. It will be used to fund the library throughout its construction, and to provide a new, advanced space for students and faculty to conduct research and studies.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, chair Patrick O’Connor formally accepted the gift.
“Steve’s gift is transformational in supporting Temple’s goal of building a 21st century library that will redefine campus life,” says O’Connor.
Charles, a prominent Temple alumnus with a degree in advertising, was a co-founder of ImmixGroup, Inc. The company was a successful tech consulting business, which Charles went on to sell in 2015.
Charles himself has stated that he hopes other alumni will show their support for the project in the coming months, and that he is excited by the various green and sustainable practices that the library hopes to incorporate.
Charles’ past donations to Temple include the Stephen G. Charles scholarship within Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication.
Charles library is set to open in May of 2019 at the intersection of Polett Walk and Liacouras Walk.