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Namesake gift will allow for expansion of WKU Gatton Academy

Academy will be able to grow from 120 to 200 students

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 7, 2015) — The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science has received a gift from its namesake to further educate Kentucky’s gifted students.

gatton_websiteOn Wednesday, The Gatton Academy and Western Kentucky University announced a gift from Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton to expand Florence Schneider Hall.

The renovation will allow The Gatton Academy to grow from 120 students to 200 students. Each wing will take the name of one of Gatton’s parents, with the boys’ wing being named the Harry W. Gatton Sr. Wing and the girls’ wing being named the Edith Martin Gatton Wing.

“The Gatton Academy is a classic public/private partnership in support of high academic achievement and economic development for Kentucky,” said WKU President Gary A. Ransdell. “Private donors built and are expanding it and the state supports its operation. WKU provides the talent in the form of our faculty and the intellectual excitement in the form of our campus. The students bring the ability and the energy. It is great to know that 200 students will be coming in the future.”

With the increase in bedrooms on the first floor, the offices of The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies will extend outward following the renovations.

Another addition to the building will be a second floor multipurpose room that will be able to seat all 200 students. This flexible space will provide a quiet room for students to study on their own and during study hours, as well as space for seminars and special events.