Alumni Gifts Enhance Athletic Facilities, Support Panther Student-Athletes

New Locker Room



Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has received three leadership phase gifts of $50,000 from Richard and Lynda Maxwell, The McCurdy Family, and Jonathan and Sharon Michael. 

The combined $150,000 gift will be used to renovate athletic facilities on campus, including the football, and women’s basketball and volleyball locker rooms, which are located inside Alumni Hall. 

These upgrades will offer student-athletes a more comfortable and spirited environment in which to relax, change and gather with teammates and coaches.

“Whether they participate in intramural sports, in a club, on a varsity team or as a spectator, athletics plays an important role in many students’ college experiences,” said Richard Maxwell, a 1969 graduate of ODU and university trustee. “We hope our gift helps to enhance those experiences for everyone.”

Improvements include new hardwood lockers, slip-resistant flooring, interior construction to provide space for additional lockers, and new interior branding to promote the athletic department’s commitment to “life in the balance,” which is the NCAA Division II’s approach to athletic and scholastic achievement.

Renovation to several of the locker rooms and restoration of the Alumni Hall gymnasium floor were completed before the beginning of the fall athletic season. Additional renovations are scheduled to take place throughout the coming year.

“Ohio Dominican University is blessed to have proud alumni who demonstrate their appreciation for their ODU education through generous financial support,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “The McCurdy, Michael, and Maxwell families have shown leadership and steadfast commitment to providing our student-athletes and coaches with first-class facilities that meet the needs of our NCAA Division II programs. Further, as members of ODU’s Board of Trustees, each of these families has been instrumental in guiding the University toward a goal of growth and sustainable success.”

The leadership phase gifts assist ODU Athletics in entering the public phase of a campaign to raise more than $300,000. With slightly more than $50,000 remaining to reach the first phase’s goal, the athletic department will renovate the remaining men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms, and install additional marketing displays throughout Alumni Hall.

“With many former student-athletes and Ohio Dominican alumni in the McCurdy family, we have always known the important role athletics plays in the life of a college student,” said Patrick McCurdy, a 1975 graduate of ODU and university trustee. “Supporting athletics through philanthropy is one way for our family to provide the resources ODU student-athletes need to enjoy continued success both on and off the field. We hope others will join us in continuing the long tradition of building strong athletic and academic programs at Ohio Dominican University.”

The McCurdy family has a long history of success at ODU. Alumni family members include Robert ’74, Patrick ’75 and Cheryl (Spellacy) ’77, Patricia (Spellacy) ’80, Scott D. ’09, Jason M. ’11 and Brad ’16 McCurdy. The McCurdy family founded Kimball Midwest, a leader in industrial maintenance and national distributor of more than 45,000 products for maintenance, repair and operations. Patrick is president and chief executive officer of Kimball Midwest.

Richard Maxwell is the founder and chief executive officer of Maxwell Financial Management, an independent financial services firm located in New Albany, Ohio.

Jonathan Michael is a 1977 graduate of ODU and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of RLI Corp., a specialty insurance company based in Illinois.

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.