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Education College Addition$10 million gift to expand Phyllis J. Washington Education Center
With the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation’s generous $10 million gift, UM will construct an addition to the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center – the epicenter of UM’s education and human sciences programs. Three stories tall, the addition will connect to the west end of the building and provide 35,000 square feet of instructional and collaborative space. Included in the new wing are a 500-seat auditorium, the largest on campus; clinical labs for the counselor education program; new spaces for the Montana Digital Academy; and two additional Learning and Belonging Preschool classrooms with observation rooms, seminar spaces, an outdoor play yard and a unique inspiration lab. “We could not be more proud to have Dennis and Phyllis Washington as our allies in building an exceptional college for education and human sciences,” says outgoing UM President Sheila Stearns. “They epitomize the Montana ethic of working hard, earning success and giving back to build a stronger Montana.” Construction began in late August, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.