Lamar University dedicated its new
three-story Wayne A. Reaud Building last month in a ceremony that included university
faculty, staff, students, administrators and community members.
Named after its main benefactor, the new building contains administrative offices, including human
resources, information technology, marketing, and institutional research and
reporting, Lamar University said in a press release. It also features an event
center and the Reaud Honors College, which is located on the ground level. Out
of 1,300 university employees, Lamar reports about 100 work in the building.
Reaud graduated from Lamar in 1971 with a degree
in political science. He is a well-known civil lawyer, the founder of Reaud,
Morgan & Quinn, as well as a “generous benefactor to the university,” the university
said in the release. Reaud also served as Lamar Regent from 1985 to 1995 and established the
Albert E. and Gena Reaud Scholarship valued at $1.6 million. He also endows 16 Texas
Legends Scholarships through the Beaumont Foundation.
Reaud was among those who spoke at the
“I want you all to know that you don't need
magic to change the world,” Reaud said, addressing students at the dedication, according to the university.
“All of the power we need we can find within ourselves. But we do need
education. When we combine this inner strength with quality education, we truly
can change the world.”
Others who spoke at the dedication included Texas State
University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Lamar University President Ken
Evans, honors graduate Kristeen Reynolds and Jon Huntsman Sr.
“Mr. Wayne Reaud is one
of Lamar University’s most ardent and generous supporters,” Evans said in a
press release. “His philanthropy is legendary, with his impact extending across
educational and public service organizations throughout the state of Texas,
most specifically in our community.”
The Wayne A. Reaud Building is the first new
academic building on campus in four decades, James Marquart, provost and vice
president for academic affairs said in the press release.
“It is an absolute game changer in terms of
appearance and facilities,” Marquart said.
Marquart said the Reaud Building creates a
fantastic learning environment and will help the university attract the very
“The state-of-the-art classrooms for our
honors students, new conference room to showcase speakers and host events, and
facilities for campus Information technology make this multi-use building a
wonderful addition to this side of the campus,” Marquart said in the release.
The Reaud Building is at the south end of the
Lamar University campus across from the almost-complete Center for Innovation,
Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. The Reaud Building and the CICE will help
create a stunning new entrance to the campus, Evans said in a press release.
“Soon, construction will be underway for new
on and off ramps from the highway directly to Rolfe Christopher Drive. This is
now the gateway to Lamar University, and that happened because of this
building,” Evans said.
Lamar University said the Reaud Honors
College will host the annual Great Plains Honors Council conference March 31 to
April 2, which will bring student leaders from six states to Southeast
Texas and to the new facility.