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ev CoUege Spee1 1 to the Bradeatoa Her ld For th DeSoto Special Iau Aatride tM Ma tee County line where it Meta the v tera of the bay, a uv college ot the liberal art1 a 1eieacea baa been created accepta ita ttrat atudeata 1D the tall. ev College vaa formed in 1960 as a private, co-educa.tioua.l, ClOD.-aectarla a college ot the liberal arts and scieacea. It vaa created aa a direct re1ult or the vtahel or the people ot the area co uity for a college of tbia type aDd or the deaire of the a. Board of Home Mission of the Coagregattccal Cbriat1aa Church (DOW theBoard dx tor Homeland f1 1atr1el of the Uo.ited Church of Christ) to help eex in fou ding auch au illlt1tut1on. The ai te choeea, direetl7 on the cou.a.ey 11 e, vaa by choice. It had all the advantage of b tag betvee the 110et popu,lou commu ities of tba two couo.ties a alao ot *18 adjoiatag the .,eat .. t cultural aaaet ot the area, if 110t ot the at t t John a Mable Riqliaa MUeua ot Art. The u.me, too, retleeta a deliberate eeiatoa.ste Bh rmia.g aDT tnptat1oa.a to 11 lt the acope ot the college, whic h 1t1 toua.dera coaceived ot u 1aterat1oDal, regional 1 were d1acarded and the tiaal Dame n1 arrtved at becauae it al augeata tb.e tu atiou 'What's oev about If" College? a:tter huDClreda of 7Hl" ot e.xiateDOe, th1a nau au.ggeate t 18 question daily, eyea. aa 1 t doea for ev College at Oxford, D.OV .ore thaD 6oo yean old &ad at1U atroq. Muatee Couat7 pan1o1Jated ia all pbue1 of the college' to t1on. Dr. W.D. Sugg, Bradentoo. surgeon and c1v1c 1eader, waa tro th outset a trustee and a memb r ot the college board's Executive Committee. ore
page 2 Sooa, at the eollege boar4 vat xpa 4, nt.tred rancher and coa.tructto executive Herma Turner vat elected to the oard. This vas tolloved bJ the elect ton ot Ed H. lee Jr., ex cuttve Y1ce pretid..at ot Tropicaba Producta lac. and Maaatee Cou ty a tate teD&tor the first funds were ought tor tb colleg founding, it was Hanat e County which helped to shov the vay to cotlllnlut.ty giving. Th t1DaiLCial 1nat1tuttona of the county a.unou ce:d Jointly esrly 1D the campaign ttetr unan1111Cua gift exceed1126 $3001000. Soon individuals aDd busin 11 firms jolned ia the solid backing of the college the total pledged to the foua.di tar exceeded 11000,000 after a ottly e tev month& ot the campaign. The developme t ot the college is lllOre tha a Manatee County story, though, tor Ma tee aharea in an educational that is groviDgi increasiagly 1 rtant year by ye r. In the TalllP& Bay area, ot which Manatee 11 a p61"t, there are aov Din institutions ot higher education. Tbta tncludea one atate uaivera1t::y, five ..t tour :rear colleges, and tour tvo year colleges. Maaate bns b:oth New College and Manatee Junior College aB part or th1a educational center. The 1 portaDCe or the ..at educational center 1d 'a better apprec1 ted by a recent report Vhich abawad that the gr at concentrations of research and industry are clustered arouBd thoae areaa with the aiailar couceatrations ot educational institutions. Alre dy1 adverttaeoents 1n the W 11 Straet Journal have cited the TaM98 Bay are a d ita educational inst1tuttona to the natto11' bua1aeea vorld.