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Colloms Campus Center/Facility enhancements

To continue to provide the best possible educational and living experience to our students, we have several facility enhancement projects in the works. The flagship project of the planned facility enhancements is the new campus center for the main campus in Athens. The Honorable Judge Carl Colloms pledged a $2 million gift towards this facility. In honor of this contribution, the building will be named the Colloms Campus Center.

“The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the future campus center the Colloms Campus Center in honor of one of the college’s most generous and faithful alumni,” TWU President Harley Knowles said. “Judge Colloms’ lead gift commitment of $2 million is the single largest charitable commitment in the college’s history.”

The Colloms Campus center will provide much-needed gathering space for students and members of the Athens community. The center will feature a game lounge, a banquet room, a café and grill area, the student success center, the career development office and the student life offices. The new space will allow students to more easily receive the resources they need to have a successful college experience. The Colloms Campus Center was designed by architect Jim Winer and his firm, Make3.

In addition to providing new spaces and support services for students, the Colloms Campus Center will provide spaces for the Athens community to gather. The banquet room will provide spaces for larger groups to meet. It can also be divided into three smaller rooms for smaller events and conferences.

About Carl Colloms

The Honorable Carl E. Colloms always knew he wanted to go to law school. From his childhood on a farm in Charleston, TN throughout his life, he worked towards the goal of attending law school and becoming a lawyer. Colloms graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1964 and went on to finish his law degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Colloms recently retired as the child support magistrate for the 10th Judicial District of Tennessee, and has also served as a county judge, a city judge, and a county attorney.

“I knew my path, and I appreciate Tennessee Wesleyan letting me travel that path,” he said.

A few years ago, Colloms established the Carl E. Colloms Endowed Scholarship at TWU. Now, his $2 million donation to the Tennessee Wesleyan University Proud Heritage, Strong Future Capital Campaign will further enhance his legacy in Athens and the surrounding community. This gift will be used to help fund the construction of a new campus center on the TWU campus in Athens. To honor this generous donation, the new facility will be named the Colloms Campus Center.


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