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Cooper Alumni Center receives gift
from Reynolds family
Nov. 4, 2008 --
Arkansas State University Alumni Association has received a major gift
toward the new Cooper Alumni Center from Steve and Ann Reynolds ofMemphis.
Steve Reynolds, a 1968 graduate with a degree in business, is president
and chief executive officer of the Baptist Memorial Health Care
Corporation headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. His wife Ann
graduated from ASU in 1970 with a degree in education.
Reynolds said, "Ann and I are grateful for the education
we received at Arkansas State University and have fond memories of
friends, faculty and the university leadership. It is a privilege to
help advance the Cooper Alumni Center, as it will serve as an important
gathering place for generations of ASU alumni.
In recognition of the Reynolds' gift, the main entry terrace
of the building is named in their honor. The Cooper Alumni Center held a
'soft opening' on Sept. 20, and its formal dedication on Oct. 17.
According to Bob Earwood of Collierville, Tenn., former president of the
ASU Alumni Association and one of this year's Distinguished Alumni, "I'd
like to thank Steve and Ann Reynolds for their very generous gift to the
Cooper Alumni Center. This facility will be the focal point of all
alumni returning to the ASU campus whether it be for university
functions, sporting events, educational purposes or simply meeting old
friends. I cannot express enough gratitude to Steve and Ann Reynolds to
tell them how much this means to the university."
executive director of the ASU Alumni Association, said, "Steve and Ann
Reynolds' commitment to the project early on was one of the driving
factors that insured its success. The construction of this facility is a
transformational moment in how we will connect with ASU alumni in the
future. I thank them for helping to make it happen."
Reynolds was named a Distinguished Alumnus of ASU-Jonesboro in 1995.
After serving Baptist Memorial Hospital as an administrative resident,
Reynolds was named president and chief executive officer in 1992, then
became chief executive officer of the Baptist Memorial Health Care
Corporation within two years. He has served as Chair of the Tennessee
Hospital Association, the National Committee for Quality Health Care,
and the Health Care Institute. He serves on the Boards of the Dixon
Gallery and Gardens, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Voluntary Hospitals of
America, Memphis Tomorrow, University of Memphis and Memphis Bioworks
Foundation. He has received the B’Nai B’rith National Health Leadership
Award, the Tennessee Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award,
the Washington University School of Medicine Health Administration
Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award.
In 2003, the ASU
Alumni Association received a $2 million gift from Darrell and Charlotte
Pugh Cooper of Clarkston, Michigan, toward the construction of the
20,000 square-foot facility. Both of the Coopers were members of the
A-State class of 1964. Their contribution started the fundraising for
the privately-funded facility, named the Cooper Alumni Center in
recognition of their gift.
The multipurpose facility includes a banquet hall, board room, meeting
areas, history room, and office space. The back terrace overlooking the
lake contains engraved bricks available for purchase. A reception area
and lounge have a view of the lake, with the banquet room accommodating
seated dinners for 200 people. Included in the office wing are the
workspaces for ASU Alumni Relations, the Office of Development, and the
Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement.
There are currently more than 60,000 ASU alumni. For more information on
the Alumni Association or the Cooper Alumni Center, contact the ASU
Alumni office at 870-972-ALUM (2586), or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details and pictures of the
facility, see the Alumni Association website at