Ransdell Hall dedication today

Chuck Hanger, an ASI Signage Innovations employee, hangs the letters on Ransdell Hall on Thursday morning. The building is being dedicated in a ceremony today at 2 p.m.

Katherine Wade

WKU will host a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. today for Ransdell Hall.

The building, home of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, has been open for classes since January.

Julia McDonald, senior administrative assistant in the President’s Office, said WKU chose to do the dedication today in conjunction with Friday’s Board of Regents meeting.

“It’s a very exciting time for the president and his family,” McDonald said.

The Board of Regents voted in October to name the building after Ransdell.

Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, will be giving the welcoming and closing remarks at the ceremony.

Evans said naming the building after the president recognizes Ransdell for the contributions he has made to education at WKU and at other levels.

Bob Skipper, director of Media Relations, said there will be a number of speakers at the ceremony, including Evans, Representative Jody Richards, Senate President David Williams, Robert King, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education and Jim Meyer, chairman of WKU’s Board of Regents. Ransdell will also make remarks.

Evans said the dedication ceremony is an important event.

“It allows the campus community and general public to share in recognizing the building’s significance to the university and the work we do,” he said.

Evans said the new building has been a huge improvement over Tate Page Hall.

“There is absolutely no comparison,” he said. “The environment in which learning is occurring does make a difference in learning. Without question, I see a difference in what is going on in the instructional and the learning processes.”

Evans also said he expects to see more buildings that look like Ransdell Hall in the near future.

“It’s a signature building on WKU’s campus,” he said. “The architectural style says a lot about what Dr. Ransdell is trying to do as far as the message conveyed by our physical campus.”