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Tedricks make historic $6M donation, naming SIU Carbondale welcome center

This concept art shows what the Tedrick Welcome Center could look like once constructed. (Provided by Hafer Architects)


New building planned to engage prospective students, community

With a $6 million donation, Roger and Sally Tedrick are leaving yet another indelible mark on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus.

In honor of their donation, a planned new building on campus will be named the Tedrick Welcome Center. The proposed building was presented to the SIU Board of Trustees’ architecture and design committee in April, and approval of its construction will be on the board’s Feb. 8 agenda.

“This university is moving forward in an exciting way, imagining a future with more students and prolific success,” Roger Tedrick said. “Sally and I knew we wanted to be part of something that would make a tremendous impact, and this welcome center is just that. It will be the launching point for thousands of Saluki journeys.”

SIU Admissions will begin open houses, orientations and host groups of students at the welcome center, which will be located just off U.S. Highway 51, near the previous location of McAndrew Stadium.

“Roger and Sally Tedrick are visionaries. They believe in our mission, and this gift exemplifies their remarkable dedication to this university and all Southern Illinois,” said Chancellor Austin Lane.

Roger and Sally Tedrick are both alumni of SIU Carbondale and have long been supporters of the university. (Provided by Roger and Sally Tedrick)

Roger Tedrick, a 1970 graduate of SIU Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts, is a member of the SIU Board of Trustees and the SIU Foundation Board of Directors. He is the owner and CEO of Tedrick Group Risk Management Solutions, based in Mount Vernon. Raised in Carbondale, he attended University High School on SIU’s campus. Sally Tedrick is a 1973 graduate of the SIU Carbondale School of Education.

The Tedricks have a rich tradition of supporting the university. Their many contributions have included creating an endowed fund to enhance university excellence, making a lead donation toward the construction of the Saluki Alumni Plaza, sponsoring the inaugural Saluki Ball and supporting numerous causes across campus.

“This is an incredibly exciting time in SIU history,” said Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and the CEO of the SIU Foundation. “This gift makes a statement about where this university is going. The Tedrick Welcome Center will provide students, faculty and staff with a place to gather and celebrate what it means to be a Saluki.”

The state-of-the-art building will also house the philanthropy center, which will include SIU Foundation offices.

“It is more important than ever to support an institution as historic and impactful as SIU,” Roger Tedrick said. “We believe in the mission of the university and its leadership, and we hope this gift inspires generations of philanthropic Salukis.”

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