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August 14, 2018

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Shawnee State University Development Foundation (SSUDF) received a generous gift from Rebecca Richards Milnes and William R. Milnes, Jr., Milnes Charitable Foundation, to renovate the current President’s Conference room into the Richards Conference Room.

The Richards have a long history of connection to SSU. William Richards taught accounting at SSU while it was still part of the Ohio University Portsmouth Branch. Patricia Richards was a trustee of SSU for nine years, and Rebecca herself took some of her first college courses at SSU.

“My parents were active members of the Portsmouth community for many years and they believed that an education was the ticket to a better life. SSU has been a beacon of light for the city these past three decades, and because of the university, there is so much hope for the young people in the area,” said Rebecca. “My parents supported SSU with gifts of their time and financial aid, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor their memory than to have a part of SSU dedicated to them.”

Renovation for the conference room have already begun and are scheduled to finish by the end of January 2018.

For more information or how to make your own gift in support of SSU, please contact the SSUDF at (740) 351-3284 or online at

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