The Veale Foundation Makes $20 Million Commitment to Case Western Reserve University

Gift will name a new university center to enhance student life

The Veale Foundation has made a $20 million commitment to Case Western Reserve for a new university center to be named after founder Tinkham Veale II, age 95.

The gift will allow this project to move forward to create a dynamic facility to enhance the student experience. The building will utilize advanced technology and sustainable design to create a distinctive gathering place for all members of the university community.

The Tinkham Veale University Center will be centrally located on campus, at the corner of East Boulevard and Bellflower Road, near Severance Hall and adjacent to the university's Kelvin Smith Library.

"Tink Veale's generosity will allow us to transform a long-awaited concept into a meaningful reality for our community," President Barbara R. Snyder said. "This space will host classes, meetings, meals and more — in short, it will be a place where students, faculty and staff consistently come together."

More than 160 student organizations are housed in various locations on the Case Western Reserve campus, including at Thwing Center, home to the university's bookstore and casual dining area. Students and administrators long have agreed on the need for additional space, and the 1998 campus master plan identified the construction of a new center as a university priority. Upon her arrival in 2007, President Snyder affirmed the importance of the project.

"It is extremely exciting to see this center garner the philanthropic support it deserves," said Duwain Pinder (CWR '10), president of Undergraduate Student Government and co-author of a student resolution last spring to recommend the construction of a university center. "Case Western Reserve brings together some of the most intelligent, creative and diverse students from around the world. We need inspiring places to interact in order to learn and grow from each other, and this visionary gift will help us get there."

This will mark the third time the Veale name is memorialized at Case Western Reserve. His previous leadership gifts have been utilized to build, enhance and maintain the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center and the Veale Natatorium.

"Case Western Reserve University has played a significant role in my personal and professional life," said Veale, a 1937 graduate in mechanical engineering from the Case Institute of Technology. "It is gratifying to know that investments we make in students today will help the region and nation prosper for decades to come."

Veale was born in Topeka, Kansas. When he was 16 he started his first job, working in the oil fields of that state. Today he is the chairman and largest shareholder of HTV Industries, Inc., a private holding company with diversified business holdings including manufacturing, distribution, technology and banking. He is also donor and a trustee of the Veale Foundation of Gates Mills, Ohio.

In 1960, Veale and his associates formed Alco Standard Corporation. The success of Veale's strategy was based on buying small, privately owned companies with cash and Alco Standard stock, and making the proprietors his partners. By 1968, 52 companies had been acquired. He conceived Alco's philosophy of "corporate partnership — acquiring numerous small, privately owned companies and allowing them to continue under their own management while providing them with capital and strategic direction." In 1996, Alco split into two companies, IKON Office Solutions, the office equipment distribution business, and Unisource Worldwide Inc., focused on office paper products distribution. Today, IKON is a subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation and a leading provider of document management systems and services, enabling customers to improve document workflow and increase efficiency.

About the University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.

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Webcam over the University Center

Want to follow construction progress? Tune into the Tinkham Veale University Center webcam.

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Virtual walkthrough of university center

The university center will serve as the new home of more than 160 student organizations. Watch Undergraduate Student Government's narrated virtual "walkthrough" video of the building's interior.