Administration Building to be named for Fr. Lucey

Wed, 05/09/2007 (All day)

Mrs. Nan Altmayer and John and Mary Lou Barter announced on April 26 that the Administration Building would be named the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J. Administration Center upon completion of restoration.

“I can't think of a more satisfying tribute than to have the administration center named in my honor and to have the major gift for this important project come from three dear friends,” Lucey said. “Nan Altmayer and John and Mary Lou Barter have done so much for the College and continue to be an inspiration. They care deeply about our mission and our stewardship and I am very grateful.”

Altmayer and the Barters have given a substantial gift to the college with the understanding that they would share the right to name the building in honor of their good friend in recognition of his achievements as president of the college over the last 10 years. They made the announcement at a dinner for the trustees and friends of the college.

The project entails a thorough restoration of the building, including replacement of the cupola, which was destroyed by the hurricane of 1916. Completion of the project is slated for January 2009, at which time it will be rededicated.

Board of trustees chairman Jack Schuessler, who served as master of ceremonies at the event, said, “Greg Lucey took the reins 10 years ago and under his leadership, inspiration and motivation, Spring Hill College leaped forward and has not looked back. He not only believes deeply in the mission of this College, but through his example, has made this mission come to life and built upon the foundation of more than 176 years of truly shaping leaders in service to others.”

Altmayer of Mobile has made significant contributions to Spring Hill College initiatives, including the Altmayer Gallery in the Burke Memorial Library and the renovation and an addition to Moore Hall, a building that now bears her name, Nan Altmayer Place. The building houses the admissions offices and the president’s office. In 1999 Altmayer established the Altmayer Endowed Chair of Literature for the College. In addition, she funds two full scholarships annually for Spring Hill College students. 

Mary Lou Barter, class of 1970, serves on the Board of Trustees; and John Barter, class of 1968, served as a trustee for 15 years, including four years as chairman of the board. Their philanthropic interests at Spring Hill include the restoration of St. Joseph Chapel, the Barter Room in the Burke Memorial Library, the Anniversary Gardens with the “Rites of Passage” sculpture, and scholarships.