Alumnus and trustee gives $1 million gift to Spring Hill College

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 10:45am

MOBILE, Ala. – The new student center at Spring Hill College holds many amenities for students and the campus community. The new center, like the old one, is the living room of the college, a place for relaxation and fellowship, as well as learning.

SHC alumnus and chair of the college's Board of Trustees, James McKinney '69, fondly recalls good friends gathering for food and camaraderie in the old student center during his college days – so much so that his gift to the college of $1 million will now place the McKinney family name on the center's new grill and eatery. McKinney's at the Hill will be officially unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 24 when the trustees gather for their winter meeting.

"The student center has always been the hub of campus life," said McKinney. "I'm just one of thousands of students who recall the old days, and while they were fun, we were in a tired old building. Our new center with modern facilities like the grille is something Spring Hill students can be very proud of."

McKinney is Principal and Manager of Fixed Income Department at William Blair & Company, L.L.C. in Chicago, Ill.  He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2002.

"I am grateful to Jim McKinney for not only for his generosity but also for his leadership and dedication as a member of our Board of Trustees and presently as our board chair," said Spring Hill president Rev. Richard Salmi, S.J. "The college is honored to acknowledge his wonderful gift by naming this facility McKinney's at the Hill."

McKinney's at the Hill, located on the first floor of the student center has a pub like atmosphere with several large screen TV's along with a pool table and offers a variety of food and beverages for students faculty and staff.