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Burton D. Morgan Center

Current Use 

A variety of academic and administrative functions, including: the Career Development Center; a faculty lounge; offices for Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Organizational Studies; and a host of technology-rich classrooms and seminar spaces.

History & Architecture

Dedicated in 2003, the Burton D. Morgan Center is named for the “free enterprise humanitarian” whose gift of $8 million through his philanthropic foundation funded the building. Serving as a new point of entry for campus visitors, the center houses a variety of academic and administrative functions and is linked to both Knapp Hall and the underground parking garage. Designed by Graham Gund Architects of Cambridge, Mass., the design maintains the vision of Denison's original campus master plan, which was developed in the early 1900s by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted & Sons, designers of New York's Central Park. The woven, plaid-like design of the multi-colored bricks on the building's patios reinforces the multiple connections between the campus community and external world that occur within its walls.

The offices for career services, organizational studies, entrepreneurship education, alumni affairs, University communications, facility and event planning, the Vail Series, and institutional advancement, along with e-classrooms, a lecture hall and faculty lounge, serve Denisonians at many points in their lives and bring students, faculty, alumni and visitors together in the Burton Morgan center. The beautiful Welsh Hills Room is the site for about 300 events each year.

Central Campus
Dedicated in 2003 for the confluence of teaching and learning, career exploration, entrepreneurship, and alumni engagement, the Morgan Center is also a popular location for all-night studying—that is, if you can find an empty couch, table or corner.