The Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name its new building (the former American Community Mutual Insurance building at Seven Mile and Haggerty Roads) the Jeffress Center. The facility is being named in honor of Schoolcraft College’s President, Dr. Conway A. Jeffress.
The building, which is currently being refurbished, was purchased last year. While the facility will have multiple uses, the college acquired it to create a new Bachelor’s and Master’s degree partnership program with Wayne State University and the University of Toledo, Schoolcraft to U.
“I made the motion to name the building The Jeffress Center in honor of Schoolcraft College’s fourth president, Dr. Conway A. Jeffress,” said Schoolcraft College Board Secretary James Fausone. “We have the opportunity to create a new name and brand for the building. By the fall, that building will be bustling with students, community education classes, Foundation and Schoolcraft to U activities. Naming the building now is financially prudent, something for which our honoree is known.”
“I am deeply grateful that the Board of Trustees would bestow this legacy on me,” said Dr. Jeffress. “I have been blessed over the years to work with outstanding Boards. That spirit of cooperation is what has made so much at Schoolcraft College possible, and I am honored to have the Board consider me for this recognition.”
Dr. Jeffress has served Schoolcraft College for more than 32 years. He became President in July, 2001. Before serving as President of Schoolcraft College, Dr. Jeffress was the College’s Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
Under Dr. Jeffress’ leadership the College built and opened the VisTaTech Center in September 2003, the remodeling of the Bradner Library in 2005, the construction of the Biomedical Technology Center in 2008 and the creation of the Public Safety Training Complex in 2013.