Nationally Known Philanthropists Fund MSU Scholarships for Students from Baltimore
Morgan State University President David Wilson today announced the dedication of the University’s future student services building to Morganalumnus Calvin E. Tyler Jr. and his wife, Tina. Construction of the $81-million, state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to begin later this year, and its opening is slated for 2020. Calvin Tyler is a retired senior executive for UPS. The Tylers, both natives of Baltimore, are among Morgan’s most prominent benefactors. Their $5-million gift to the University provides funds for full, need-based scholarships for select Morgan students from their hometown and is the largest individual donation in the university’s history.
“The Morgan family is grateful beyond measure for the generosity of Calvin and Tina Tyler,” said Dr. Wilson. “The resources they have provided are furthering the vital work of Morgan by expanding opportunities for quality higher education for students of all backgrounds. This building dedication, during our sesquicentennial year, is a small token of our gratitude and will serve as a permanent reminder to all who pass through Morgan Commons of the commitment of this exemplary couple to Morgan’s long-term vitality.”
The 139,000-square-foot Calvin and Tina Tyler Hall will house nearly 20 student support departments and will include numerous special features, including a green roof on the third level, a state-of-the-art recruitment room and “generalist desks” to limit students’ time spent in different departments.
Calvin Tyler, whose personal story touches on the financial struggles he had while attending Morgan, says having his surname on the student support building at Morgan has a deep meaning for him.
Tina and I are extremely honored by this news,” he said. “We both feel strongly about education, and we are very happy that we are able to provide an opportunity for young people in Baltimore to get a good education, especially since we were born and raised in Baltimore. At this point in our lives, we are just pleased that we were able to give back to the town we grew up in.