New housing project named for AU family

Tue, 2012-07-31 14:31 -- univcomm

A private investment group, East Campus Housing, LLC, has announced a name for a new student housing project east of the Anderson University campus. In consultation with Anderson University, the property located at the corner of Fifth Street and Nursery Road will be known as Fair Commons. The naming celebrates Anderson residents Denton and Aline Fair as well as Phillip and Betty Fair.

Denton and Aline Fair are retired from a distinguished tenure in ministry and business. They have been long-time residents of the Anderson University condominium community, University Village, located on the northeast corner of the university campus. Denton previously served as a field representative with the AU Office of Development. Phil and Betty Fair, residents of Anderson, are well-known Anderson University alumni and servants of the church. Phil has served in leadership roles on the national level as the executive director for Mass Communications for the Church of God as well as a number of posts in music ministry. Phil currently serves Anderson University as director of Advancement Services leading church relations activities and annual fund initiatives.

“We have known these university couples as key friend-makers in our admissions and advancement work,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Denton, Aline and Phil and Betty are loved and valued friends of the university family. We are so pleased that our partners in this project, Tom and Sch’ree Ward of Oklahoma City, have chosen to honor a long friendship with this designation.”

“The Fair family is both humbled and honored by the naming of this beautiful facility that will benefit students for years to come,” said Phil Fair. “On behalf of our family, we are deeply grateful to the Wards for this honor and for their friendship.”

The first phase of Fair Commons provides 149 beds and a community room to support phases one and two of the final facility. A proposed second phase of the facility (to be located on the east side of Nursery Road between Fourth and Fifth Streets) will double the occupancy with connection to a community room. The schedule for construction on the second phase of Fair Commons has not been determined.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing and theology.