Stephen M. Ross Academic CenterSIZE: 38,000 square feet
Completed in winter 2006, this $12 million, 38,000-square foot building provides academic study space for more than 700 U-M student-athletes. Adjacent to the Marie Hartwig Building on S. State Street between Yost Ice Arena and Weidenbach Hall, the three-floor facility provides individual and group study areas, computer labs, meeting rooms for tutorial work, a large meeting room and assembly areas for group projects, as well as offices for instructional support staff.
Ross, a New York City real estate developer and U-M alumnus, provided the lead gift of $5 million to build the academic center. The project also was funded privately from Athletic Department gifts, resources and investment proceeds. In all, about 20 individuals and groups made donations.
"Naming the new academic center in honor of Stephen Ross is a fitting tribute to a man who continues to amaze the University of Michigan community with his incredible legacy of giving," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. "His extraordinary generosity will benefit all of our students, but especially our student-athletes, by providing them the resources and facilities to help them excel in the classroom just as they do in sports."
Ross followed his donation for the academic center with a $100 million gift to the U-M business school -- the largest gift ever to a U.S. business school and the largest donation to U-M in its 188-year history -- in September 2004. Ross also serves as co-chair for The Michigan Difference campaign, a $2.5 billion fundraising effort for the University.
"The University of Michigan is not only a world-class academic institution, but it also has a premier sports program that serves hundreds of student-athletes," said Ross. "The program is successful not only because of the skills and dedication of the student-athletes, but also because of the high standards expected of them -- and all U-M students -- in the classroom.
"I am very pleased to help provide a top-notch learning environment in a new facility where these student-athletes and others can study and receive academic support. After all, the 'leaders and best' not only refers to the athletes on the sports field, but also to the students in the classroom."
The Academic Center also received more than 40 contributions in excess of $10,000. The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland, Mich., contributed $2 million for the building's first gift. That support was soon followed with a $1 million gift from honorary campaign co-chairs Donald C. (BSEIE '55, MSE '56) and Ingrid A. (BSDES '57) Graham of York, Pa. Penny (BSDES '66), campaign co-chair, and E. Roe Stamps of Miami, Fla., committed $500,000 to name its Student Commons, while Joseph D. (BBA '67, MBA '68) and Judy Williamson II of Salinas, Calif., have contributed $400,000 for the building.
Ross Academic Center 1110 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through two stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot. The Ross Academic Center is located to the south of Yost Ice Arena and west of the Ferry Field track.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through three stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot. The Ross Academic Center is located to the south of Yost Ice Arena and west of the Ferry Field track.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.