A West Virginia nursing home owner and his wife have made a record $5 million donation to the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, university officials announced Monday.
The donation by Charleston residents John and Fonda Elliot will be used to create the Elliot Studios for Design at a new building on the college's campus, as well as fund endowments for programs and professorships named in the couple's honor.
The Elliots own and operate AMFM, LLC, an 11-facility nursing home business in West Virginia.
John Elliot graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree from Kent State in 1970. He founded John Elliot Associates, Architects and Planners in 1972 and began focusing on building nursing homes in 1976.
"Fonda and I are honored to be able to give back to the university that gave us the opportunity and the tools to help build our pathway to today," John Elliot said. "If it was not for Kent State, and the school of architecture, I would not have had the foundation to develop my architectural practice and a health care company that employs more than 1,000 dedicated healthcare professionals."
The gift is the largest ever received by the architechural college at Kent State.
" "We are thrilled with the Elliot family's decision to provide this landmark gift," said Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design."It will not only serve to enhance our new facility, but it will provide ongoing support to the students through scholarships, the addition of faculty expertise and the establishment of a new program in health care design," Steidl said.