Michael Harris IU Kokomo, Inspire Power Campaign, Milt and Jean Cole family Gift $1.25 Million, IU Kokomo Wellness Center
Indiana University Foundation - Milt and Jean Cole family of Logansport donates $1.25 million to Indiana University Kokomo
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Chancellor Harris shares the news
of the Cole donation
Milt and Jean Cole Family of Logansport Donates $1.25
Million to Indiana University Kokomo
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KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo
officials announced today (January 9) it has
received its largest cash gift in the campus’ history.
The Milt and Jean Cole family of Logansport has
donated $1.25 million to support the construction of
a new Wellness and Fitness Center.
“My family and I have dedicated the rest of our
lives to helping elevate humanities as much as we
can,” Milt Cole said of the donation. “We think this
is a great place to start.”
The Cole family members are Milt and Jean Cole,
Keith and Carmella Cole, and Randy and Candy
Cole. They are owners of Cole Hardwood in
Chancellor Michael Harris made the announcement
Monday afternoon to a full house of students,
faculty, and staff gathered in Alumni Hall.
“Words cannot express how deeply grateful and
appreciative we are as a campus for this incredibly
generous donation,” Harris said. “The Cole family’s commitment to making the Wellness
and Fitness Center a reality will benefit the students of north central Indiana for years to
This gift is a reflection of Milt and Jean Cole’s true concern for the well being of others, he
“Through my tenure at IU Kokomo, my wife, Tali, and I have developed a close relationship
with Milt and Jean and the rest of the family. We have learned they are great business
leaders who place immense value on helping others,” Harris said.
“We, as a campus, have been innovative and forward looking. This gift is a result of deep
belief in what we do. The generosity of the Cole family is a testament to the work of each
and every person on this campus,” Harris said.
Milt Cole said he was impressed with Chancellor Harris’ accomplishments.
“He knows how to get things done,” Milt Cole said. “I think Kokomo, Indiana, is fortunate to
The Wellness and Fitness Center will be a renovation of an unused space beneath the
Library in the Kelley Student Center. The 20,500-square-foot facility will house a
jogging/walking track, cardio and strength training area, two multi-purpose rooms, a health
studies classroom, and locker rooms.
The creation of the Center will help students, faculty, and staff maintain good physical and
mental health, as well as provide opportunities to expand allied health programs such as
sports medicine and athletic training.
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