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Governor Fallin and govt. leaders gather for grand opening of new ECU business center


ADA, OK -- Over 300 people gathered on East Central University's campus to celebrate the grand opening of the new Chickasaw Business and Conference center.

Government leaders say the new $10 million building will be a great benefit to the university and the state, including Governor Mary Fallin.

"One of my top goals as Governor of the state of Oklahoma is to have more college graduates and degree completions and to help increase the skill sets of our workforce, and having an addition to our business school here will certainly go a long way to better our workforce," Fallin said.

Congressman Tom Cole was also on hand to congratulate the university and its leadership.

"A lot of good things are going to come out of this, so it's appropriate to have this kind of ceremony to launch it and celebrate the people who made it possible," Cole said.

The building includes many new features and state of the art technology that ECU President, John Hargrave, says will better the student's learning experiences

"We have a wide variety of activities in this building," Hargrave said. "We have a conference center..a safe room, a court room, a criminal justice system, and of course our business room, our financial laboratories, and we're going to be teaching students about Wall Street."

Alumnus Harland C. Stonecipher donated $2 million to complete the facility., and Hargrave is excited about the future.

"This should be the highlight of my career," Hargrave said. "This building means so much to this community, so much to the Chickasaw nation, so much to East Central University, and I think it will benefit all the state of Oklahoma."

The new building is also home to the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, where students have already started taking classes.


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