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Patriot Bank Presents Second Gift to the U of M's Millington Center University News
For release: March 10, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Patriot Bank of Millington has made a second gift of $25,000 to the University of Memphis’ Millington Center.

Patriot Bank’s initial gift was made in 2004.

The Millington Center, which currently enrolls 820 students, offers undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from business administration to education. 

“Patriot Bank is excited about continuing our partnership with the U of M in its endeavor to provide higher education opportunities for the Millington area,” said Charles Ennis, chairman and CEO of Patriot Bank. “We look forward to this ongoing relationship in which both Patriot Bank and the University of Memphis can continue to grow together to help our community.”

Sam Cox, U of M director of business development, expressed the University’s appreciation for the bank’s continued support.  “We are elated to have Patriot Bank as an educational partner at the University of Memphis Millington Center,” said Cox.  “Their gifts have been and will continue to be used to support, promote, and foster our efforts in Millington and its surrounding communities.”

The Millington Center occupies 53,000 square feet in two buildings.  The ground floor of the former Navy Hospital houses 26 classrooms, including two computer labs, four private study rooms, a long-distance learning room, as well as three rooms that can be combined to create a 100-seat lecture area. There is also office space for administrators and graduate students.  Willis Hall houses 10 classrooms and two computer labs. 

The U of M assumed control of the 38 acres of former U.S. Navy property in December 2002. Since then, the University has invested $5 million in renovating the facilities for educational purposes.

In a future third phase, the University will renovate the former hospital’s upper floors for use as classrooms and research facilities.

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