Rust College breaks ground on $4.7 million science annex


Special to the Advocate

HOLLY SPRINGS — President Dr. David Beckley recently led a group of leaders in breaking ground on the centerpiece of Rust College’s National Development Campaign — the Hamilton Science and Mathematics Annex. 

The $4.74 million project is expected to take at least 18 months to complete and will become the most expensive project in the history of the 140-year-old institution. The groundbreaking ceremony followed the 140th Founders Convocation and the 101st Commemoration of the founding of Mississippi Industrial College. 

 “It is the largest single building project in the recent history of the college,” said Beckley. 

The new 18,000-square-foot annex will be adjacent to McDonald Hall which has served as the Science and Mathematics Center since 1965. The college has invested $2 million in recent upgrades to the buildings. 

“It will bring our science facility into a total complex,” said Beckley. “Most importantly it will provide additional research and teaching space for our growing science division.”

The annex will enable Rust to widen and deepen the educational foundation it provides for a wide variety of careers in research, medicine, teaching, industry, government, law, public policy and other fields. The building is designed for both science and mathematics majors and non-majors. 

Naming opportunities are available for family members as a memorial or an honorarium to a family member or loved one, to commemorate your graduating class at Rust, a gift from your church, corporation, business or other forms of philanthropic giving. 

For information on giving opportunities please contact Dr. Ishmell H. Edwards, Vice President, 150 Rust Ave., Holly Springs, MS  38635; 662-252-8000-ext. 4014, or