Warner University has officially named the new agriculture building on their campus, The Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Agriculture Complex, after a $1 million donation was made at a private fundraiser on May 16th.
Plant City natives, the Swindles are involved in agriculture including timber, strawberries and other produce, as well as the previous owners of the ESI Group, Inc. of Tampa, an industrial insulating company.
The couple had originally given a half a million on February 20 at our Ag Complex groundbreaking, upon hearing about an anonymous $500,000 match challenge. On Saturday, May 16, the couple decided to double their initial gift to a total of $1 million.
“The entire Warner University community is delighted to have our new Ag Complex associated with such a well-respected, Christian family,” said Leigh Ann Wynn, Asst. VP for Advancement at Warner. “This family epitomizes what our institution stands for.”
Construction will begin on the state of the art, 38,000 sq.ft. Ag complex this October with a finish date of Fall of 2016. Scott Crews is the architect on the building and Ed Locke of Semco Construction is the builder.
Warner University began their Agriculture Studies degree program in 2012 through the direction of the Ag industry task force that included Hill Griffin of Ben Hill Griffin, Inc, Tony DiMare of DiMare Fresh, Steve Maxwell of Highlands Corporation and Keith Mixon of Dole. With the recommendation of Commissioner Putnam to move forward, Warner created a diversified Agricultural Studies degree.
In the Fall of 2013, Warner accepted its first Ag students to the campus. Currently, there are approximately 38 students in the Ag program, with six graduating Spring of 2015. A student in the Ag program at Warner graduates with over 500 hours of hands-on experience.
Please thank the Swindle family when you see them for their generosity and faithfulness!