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Heritage to honor founding president

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To be renamed as the Kathleen Ross, snjm Center To be renamed as the Kathleen Ross, snjm Center

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Heritage University leaders announced Thursday they will be renaming the Library and Learning Center to honor its founding president.

In October, the center that houses the library, classrooms, computer labs, and offices, will become the Kathleen Ross, snjm Center.

Ross headed the university since 1981 until passing on the presidency to Dr. John Bassett in July 2010.

Heritage leaders say during her tenure, the university grew from 85 students and four academic degree programs to a 23 acre campus, student body of 1,300, and 33 degree offerings. During that time, Heritage awarded nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

"Dr. Ross will always be an important part of Heritage University. Because of her vision and dedication, the university defied all odds.  It has helped and will continue to help people in the Valley to overcome their odds, to graduate from college, and to enter successful and fulfilling careers in our communities," said Bassett.

A public ceremony will be held in front of the facility at 4 p.m., October 18 on the Toppenish campus located at 3240 Fort Road.