PENNINGTON: School plans new Kenneth K. T. Yen Humanities Building

A $10 million capital campaign is being launched

   The Pennington School announced today the launching of a $10 million capital campaign, “PENNINGTON 175: Engage. Enlighten. Transform.”
   Half of that amount already has been raised. During its 175th anniversary year, the school “remains devoted to developing positive habits of head, heart and hand,” a spokeswoman said.
   The campaign will finance the construction of a new landmark humanities building, bringing together the disciplines of history, English, modern and classical languages, English as a second language and religious studies.
   The building will be named “The Kenneth K. T. Yen Humanities Building.”
   Mr. Yen is the chairman of the Yulon Group in Taiwan, He graduated from The Pennington School in 1984.
   ”The naming of such an important new building after one of the school’s most distinguished international graduates will make visible Pennington’s commitment to global understanding and interaction. Inside, students will work together, exploring the best that the world’s civilizations have to offer and gaining a deep appreciation of our common humanity,” said the spokeswoman.
   Mr. Yen’s lead gift to this campaign is the single largest gift ever made to Pennington by an alumnus.
   The Kenneth K. T. Yen Humanities Building will provide 25,000 square feet of new classroom, faculty and meeting space, all flooded with natural light. A two-story atrium will offer an impressive gathering space for larger meetings. The offices of global studies, community service, and diversity will be found here, as will the administration of the school’s Center for Learning program.
   In addition to the new building, current plans include turning the campus’s Stainton Hall into a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) building; restoring Old Main as the historic center of the school, housing administrative offices for the head of school, deans, and admission; and reshaping campus access and driveways to create a more unified and cohesive external environment.
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   The school, founded in 1838, is celebrating its 175th anniversary. It is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.