A $1.5 million gift from the Shade Family Foundation will help sponsor a Bicentennial Student Center at Miami University. University President David Hodge announced the gift June 25 at the university’s board of trustees meeting. The gift lends leadership and momentum to a campaign that will construct the Bicentennial Student Center (BSC), largely through private support, as the new focal point of campus life. It is a fitting tribute to the family of David ’66 and Charlotte Shade, whose meaningful connection to Miami extends through three generations.
“Our family has benefited deeply from its relationship with Miami University, and we are pleased to be able to give something back to the ‘Miami Experience’ through our support of the Bicentennial Student Center,” said David Shade. “We hope that future Miamians will feel the same sense of pride and tradition shared by our family and generations of Miami alumni.”
The Shade Family Room, which will occupy the former Rowan Hall space, will provide a dramatic welcome to students, prospective students and guests entering the BSC via its main Spring Street entrance. This impressive room will be decorated to reflect Miami’s rich heritage, and ample lounge-style seating will provide an inviting atmosphere for students to gather in groups. Highlights of the nearly 5,000-square-foot space include a fireplace on the east end and a raised area on the west end that doubles as a small stage venue.
“This space will be the grand entrance to the BSC, it will be the family room and heritage room of the BSC, a place for students to gather and interact,” said David C. Hodge. “It will be a very special place, and we are deeply honored that the Shade family name will forever be associated with it.”
David M. Shade graduated from Miami in 1966 with a degree in accountancy. A decorated Vietnam War veteran, the Chicago businessman served as a partner with Ernst & Young, as CEO and founder of Wellspring Partners, and currently as president and chief operating officer of Huron Consulting Group. He is the immediate past president of the Union League Club of Chicago. Charlotte Shade is a 1965 Northwestern University graduate who was recognized as an honorary Miami University alumna in 2008.
An avid Miami supporter, Mr. Shade was re-appointed last year to a three-year term as a national trustee on Miami’s board of trustees. He also serves as chairman of Miami University’s campaign, For Love and Honor, and has previously chaired Miami’s foundation board, served on the Thomas C. Page Center Advisory Committee, and served on the Farmer School of Business’ business advisory council.
Lisa A. Shade ’97, ’98 holds bachelor’s degrees in French and history from Miami and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. David M. Shade Jr. ’00 earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accountancy from Miami and is married to Amy Bratton Shade ’01. Paul W. Shade ’03 earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and is married to Heidi Klein Shade ’03. All of the Shade family members reside within the greater Chicago area.
The BSC, which involves the renovations of Gaskill, Rowan and Culler halls and the construction of a new central student center structure, will be constructed in two phases, with phase I scheduled for completion in 2014. Work on the more–than-205,000 square-foot facility could begin as early as this summer. Considered the future of the ‘Miami Experience,’ the center will provide students with opportunities to come together in one place to exercise leadership and blend their academic and co-curricular lives.
This gift supports Miami’s For Love and Honor campaign, a $500 million initiative for scholarships, faculty support, student-learning opportunities, academic programs, and facilities and grounds.