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Perry and Sandy Sook are 1980 graduates of the Scripps College, with Sandy also earning her master’s from the Patton College in 1982.

Photo courtesy of: The Sook Family


The Athletics Academic Center will be located the north end zone of Peden Stadium.

Graphic courtesy of: Moody Nolan

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Sook family lays groundwork for new academic center

Ohio Athletics announces academic center fundraising campaign

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University announced today a fundraising campaign for a new state-of-the-art academic center, which will be located in the north end zone of Peden Stadium.

In June 2014, The Ohio University Foundation received a lead gift commitment of $2.25 million from Perry and Sandy Sook in support of this project. The fundraising campaign – The Campaign for Academic Excellence – will seek to raise additional funds to exceed the final goal of $5.5 million in order to maximize the building quality and finance annual maintenance costs.

“Building a new academic center supports our vision of providing a top-tier student learning experience for our student-athletes,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “They are students first and foremost and providing OHIO student-athletes with a facility will only help us to achieve our goal of supporting their academic success and degree attainment at a higher level.”

The new facility will be dedicated for the use of Ohio University student-athletes, to further enhance their academic goals.

"The addition of this facility will significantly enhance our student-athletes’ academic potential,” said Director of Athletics Jim Schaus. "For this facility to become a reality, we have to generate more resources. I encourage everyone to consider how they might participate in this once-in-a-lifetime project."

The academic center also will double the size of the current facility, while providing student-athletes with a classroom, computer lab, tutoring rooms, study rooms and staff offices. On game days, the facility will transform into a hospitality area for donors and fans.

Both Perry and Sandy Sook are 1980 graduates of the Scripps College of Communication, with Sandy Sook also earning her master’s in education from the Gladys W. and David D. Patton College of Education in 1982. In recognition of their lead gift, the academic center will be named in their honor (pending approval by the Ohio University Board of Trustees).

Perry Sook is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. based in Irving, Texas. Sandy Sook has been a lifelong educator and is currently working on her dissertation for a PhD in rhetoric at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

“As alumni, we want to give back in a way that will have a dynamic impact on a diverse group of students,” said Perry and Sandy Sook in a joint statement. “Our passion for academics and our appreciation for what intercollegiate athletics does for students and for the University is why we chose to support this project. We encourage friends and alumni of Ohio University to invest in the Academic Center; this is a unique opportunity to support both academics and athletics!”

For more information on The Campaign for Academic Excellence please visit OhioBobcatClub.com/AcademicCenter or call 740-593-1176.

The Sooks’ gift is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, which topped over its $450 million goal in April 2014, 14 months ahead of the June 30, 2015, deadline. Already securing more than $466 million, the Campaign continues to raise funds in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.