Ashland University Alumni to be Honored at Kates Gym Dedication

Ashland University Alumni to be Honored at Kates Gym Dedication

12/16/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University alumnus Sherrill Hudson, Class of 1965, and alumnus Jack Miller, Class of 1974, will be honored for their gifts for the renovation of Ashland University’s Kates Gymnasium at a dedication ceremony on Jan. 11.

The dedication ceremony honoring Hudson and Jack and Deb Miller will be held at halftime of the Ashland University women’s game against Michigan Tech University. The game, which will be telecast on CBS Sports Network, will start at a special time, 11:30 a.m.

“We will hold a special ceremony at halftime that will dedicate the new Sherrill Hudson Court inside Kates Gymnasium,” said Al King, director of sports information. “We truly appreciate the $400,000 lead gift by Sherrill Hudson and the $125,000 gift by Jack and Deb Miller. These gifts provided the funding for the wonderful renovation of Kates Gymnasium.”

The renovation of Kates began in March of this year and new facility reopened in August for the start of the University’s fall season. The renovation included a new floor, scoreboards, new bleachers with a reserved seating section, lighting, sound system and other needed amenities.

Hudson, a basketball alumnus, said he was pleased to be able to give something back to the University in this way.

“Being a basketball athlete while I was a student here at Ashland, this project was a perfect match for me,” Hudson said. “I went to Ashland to play basketball and, fortunately, I ended up getting a great education. I am happy to be able to provide the lead gift for the renovation of this facility.”

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###