New England College Dedicates New Alumni Center
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of one alumnus from the Class of 1972, New England College has a new center for the benefit of the College’s more than 14,000 alumni. David P. Currier, a member of the Class of 1972 and a former Trustee of the College, has provided a major gift to create the Currier Alumni Center in the building originally constructed as the Henniker railroad station on Depot Hill Road.
David Currier is the founder of Bound Tree Medical in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a former member of the New Hampshire House and State Senate and a former Henniker Selectman. He is a charter member of the Henniker Lions Club and served with Henniker Rescue.
“As an active alumnus, former Trustee, and a member of the Henniker community, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to support this project. Alumni are the backbone of any institution of higher learning and I am proud to have my name affiliated with this new center,” stated David Currier. “My experience at New England College helped me to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and drive that allowed me to become a successful businessman,” he continued. “Not only is the acquisition of this historic building a significant addition to the College’s physical plant, it honors the accomplishments of all of our alumni.”
New England College purchased the former station in early July, and Currier quickly realized the potential for a dedicated space where alumni could gather when visiting the Henniker campus. The building, constructed in 1900, will also provide office space for the College’s staff members who support alumni activities, communication, and giving.
Over the summer, the College plans to make some upgrades to the property and to adapt the space for offices, conferences and alumni functions. A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled for Alumni-Family Weekend, September 30 to October 2, 2011.
“The College is deeply grateful for Dave Currier’s generous gift and for his recognition of our need to have a place on campus that alumni can call home,” said Dr. James C. Garvey, Vice President for Strategic Priorities and Advancement. “Dave’s leadership and affection for his alma mater are obvious.”
The Currier Alumni Center represents the first property the College has acquired in Henniker in many years. According to Dr. Garvey, the Center will serve as an entry way and meeting place for visiting alumni. Additionally, the Center will house a great deal of College archival material and memorabilia that will be on display for the entire College community to enjoy. The creation of the Currier Alumni Center will serve as a focal point in the southern part of the College’s campus and will play an important role in the College’s outreach efforts as outlined in its recently completely Strategic Plan.