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Mitchell Hall dedicated

Update | Friday, September 6, 2019

After years of planning and just 14 months following the ceremonial groundbreaking, Mitchell Hall was dedicated with a celebration Monday morning, August 12. Lt. Governor Jon Husted was among the speakers at the formal dedication held inside the building’s second-floor Event Center. The other speakers were Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin, David Miller, president and COO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), and Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of CMR. President Harrison, who provided welcome remarks, said, “We wanted to make a signature facility out of a signature program.”

The $34.5 million hall will showcase Columbus State’s new home of the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. The three-story, 80,000 square-foot structure is a world away from the basement of Eibling Hall where the program has been headquartered for years.

Mitchell Hall is named after restaurateur Cameron Mitchell who took the early lead by providing $2.5 million toward a $10 million philanthropic goal of private funding for the project.

Jim Taylor, chairperson of Sport & Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs said, “It will allow more students the opportunity to obtain a great education with a 16:1 ratio in all laboratory classes, while at the same time allowing many of them to graduate debt free.”

“Mitchell Hall is in a class of its own,” said Josh Wickham, director of operations for Mitchell Hall. “This facility will allow Columbus State to be a benchmark institution for culinary, dietetics, and hospitality education.”

The ground floor of Mitchell Hall includes Degrees, a restaurant and bar, and Blend, a retail cafe and bakery. Both will be operated by students when they open to the public this fall.  

See video highlights here of the dedication.

A picture gallery is here.  (Click through with the small arrow on the right side of the first picture.)

The official news release is here. 

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