The Hays surname will go beyond the Neeley School of Business and onto the bricks of TCU’s newest residential hall.
New Hall 3 will be named Marlene Hays Hall in honor of Spencer and Marlene Hays for their recent $30 million donation to the university, Lisa Albert, director of strategic communications, said.
Chancellor Victor Boschini described Marlene Hays as a philanthropist, community volunteer, and art collector. She attended TCU in the 1950s, before working a full-time job to support herself and her husband, he said.
“She is a gracious and warm woman who makes everyone in her presence feel better,” Chancellor Boschini said.
Hays Hall Director Amanda Lagrone said hall residents will be meeting with the Hayses to discuss some of the donors’ personal goals to give the hall a sense of community.
“This will help us develop an identity from here and begin to market and brand the hall,” Lagrone said.
The hall is part of TCU’s plan to increase its residential capacity, said Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs.
“As the university works towards returning to its residential heritage, this building plays an important role in providing an on campus experience to more of our students,” Cavins-Tull said.
The 61,000 square-foot building stands four stories tall and accommodates about 160 upper-level students in suite-style housing. Albert said Hays Hall is expected to receive a silver certification Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).
The Hayses will be on campus for the hall dedication and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 15 at 11 a.m. Tours of the building will be offered during that time.