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KSU celebrates $2.3 million renovation to Hunter Hall

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky State University (KSU) marked a significant milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently renovated Hunter Hall. This celebration, held today, commemorates the transformation of the former residence hall into a cutting-edge facility for research, academics, and Extension.

Thanks to a $2.3 million facilities grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State has revitalized Hunter Hall, creating a space dedicated to advancing technology in the agriculture industry. Dr. Kirk Pomper, Director of Land Grant Programs and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences, expressed gratitude for the grant, emphasizing its role in making Hunter Hall a truly functional and innovative space.

The newly renovated Hunter Hall boasts a state-of-the-art geospatial information systems (GIS) lab, a drone workshop area, a conference room, and offices for faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Pomper highlighted the facility’s importance: “It’s a great opportunity for us to have our students involved and to lead research into the future.”

Dr. Koffi C. Akakpo, President of Kentucky State University, shared his enthusiasm for the project and stated, “This is a great addition to what we do at KSU. It’s adding technology to agriculture… This is what is going to help us position Kentucky as one of the best in the nation and the world.”

The celebration included distinguished guests such as Dr. Aaron Thompson, President of the Kentucky Council on Post-secondary Education; County Judge/Executive Michael Mueller; Representative Derrick Graham; and Senator Gex Williams. And members of the Thoroughbred community.

Dr. Thompson praised Kentucky State’s commitment to innovation and said, “This is true, I think, an indicator of exactly where KSU as a whole is going in its innovation and its way of thinking about incorporating the technology of today and tomorrow.”

As part of the festivities, Kentucky State also unveiled a new Precision Agriculture Trailer, showcasing the university’s dedication to engaging with farmers and producers across Kentucky through drone demonstrations.

Looking ahead, additional renovations are planned for the top two floors of Hunter Hall, further expanding its capacity to serve students and stakeholders.

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