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Library naming honors president Glenn Terrell

(Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

A ceremony naming WSU’s New Library in honor of W. Glenn Terrell, former WSU president, was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 4, in the library’s atrium.

The ceremony officially renamed the library from the New Library to Terrell Library, honoring the university’s seventh president, who served from 1967-1985. The New Library is connected to Holland Library.



Terrell lives in Seattle.


Speakers at the event included WSU President V. Lane Rawlins; Rom Markin, former long-time WSU administrator and faculty member; and former Regent William Marler, a WSU graduate.

In November 2005, the WSU Board of Regents approved the name change. Rawlins said the naming of the library was a suitable acknowledgement of Terrell’s love of learning and of the close connections he built with WSU students.



(Terrell draws full house crowd of friends and admirers again)

.Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall runs in front of the library. A student scholarship program is named for him. Fund raising is underway for the Glenn Terrell Sculpture Initiative, which will place sculptures on the mall.

(Glenn Terrell and WSU Regent Elizabeth Cowles)

The Terrell Mall was named for him because it was a place where students interact and where the university classroom is extended. It was also the area where Glenn got to meet and converse with students almost every day on his walk from the house to the office,” Rawlins said. “The Terrell Library connects the mall to one of the university’s most important learning centers. It is a fitting tribute to a man whose life has been devoted to the connection between learning and the real world.”

Opened in 1950, Holland Library honors Ernest O. Holland, the university’s president from 1916-1944. The New Library opened in 1994. Until a renovation is completed at the Holland Library, the single entrance to the two buildings will be signed as “Holland and Terrell Libraries.”

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