Oklahoma Native Joins Efforts To Reopen UCO's Historic Old North Tower

June 6, 2013

Media Contact: Reagan Hamlin, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, UCO Development Office, (405) 974-3552, rhamlin@uco.edu

OKLAHOMA NATIVE JOINS EFFORTS TO REOPEN UCO’S HISTORIC OLD NORTH TOWER

Vice Chairman of Keller Williams Realty International Mo Anderson and her husband Richard recently joined the University of Central Oklahoma in its efforts to restore one of Oklahoma’s oldest buildings in higher education, donating $50,000 to help fund the interior renovation of the historic Old North Tower.           

“We are so appreciative of the sincere generosity of individuals like Richard and Mo Anderson,” said Anne Holzberlein, vice president for development at UCO and executive director of the UCO Foundation.           

“Their generous leadership gets us one step closer to opening this historic building once again.”           

An Oklahoma native who now resides in Austin, Texas, Anderson taught in Midwest City and Ponca City for more than 10 years before shifting her focus to real estate. Starting as a sales associate, she quickly moved through the ranks owning a Century 21 franchise and serving as district vice president of Merrill Lynch Realty before moving to Keller Williams.

Known for their philanthropic efforts, she founded the Edmond-based Gregg Foundation in honor of her parents. The organization seeks to further enhance the health, safety, support services and lives of older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Oklahoma. She also established Keller Williams Realty Cares, a foundation that supports victims of disaster and other emergency hardships.            

UCO launched the “Always Central” campaign last year, seeking to raise $40 million in private support for projects that include $6 million designated for the interior renovation of Old North Tower.           

Due to structural complications that multiplied over time, Old North Tower closed in 2000 resulting in the loss of several classrooms and the relocation of nearly 40 faculty and staff offices. The university approached the restoration in two phases. Phase one was funded through bond and included the needed exterior repairs, an outdoor amphitheater, and the addition of a 16,000 square foot annex that contains necessary fire exits, ADA entry, mechanical systems, electrical systems, bathrooms and other support spaces.           

Phase two includes the interior renovation and relies on the generation of private support from alumni and friends. Once $6 million is obtained, university officials anticipate the renovation being complete in 24 months.           

UCO has raised just over $35 million of its $40 million “Always Central” campaign goal, in support of students, teaching, programs, facilities and fund for the future.

For more information on the “Always Central” campaign and the Old North project visit www.alwayscentral.org or contact Judy Reyes-Henderson at 405-974-2763.

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