Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced that its new residence hall for freshmen will be named Lord Hall, in honor of Griff and Kathy Lord, Michael and Sharon Lord Daggett, and their families.
“The Lord family has faithfully supported UMHB for many years through gifts to capital projects and to the Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB. “This residence facility will house freshman students who are just beginning their educational journeys, so it seems very appropriate that it be named for the Lords, who have helped so many young men and women come to UMHB for their educations. They are wonderful friends of the university, and we are delighted to be able to honor them in this way.”
Sharon Lord Daggett established an endowed scholarship in 1996 in memory of her grandmother Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning, who attended Baylor College for Women (now UMHB) in 1905. In the years following, Sharon and her brother, Griff, and their families made frequent personal gifts to the endowment and facilitated the awarding of grants to UMHB from the Grogan Lord Foundation, established by their father.
Through their gifts, the Lord family has provided significant support for campus facilities such as the Parker Academic Center (Lord Conference Center), the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center (Manning Chapel), and the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center (Main Stage). And today, the Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship is among the university’s largest endowed scholarships and has helped more than 326 students pay for their educations at UMHB.
The 46,000-square-foot residence hall that will bear the Lord name is currently under construction on the north side of the campus between Crusader Way and Hardy Hall. The three-story facility will offer dormitory-style housing for up to 214 students. Plans call for Lord Hall to be completed this summer and ready for use when the fall semester begins in August.