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North Ridge to be renamed

North Ridge, one of the three new freshman residence halls on campus, will be renamed in honor of Ole Miss graduate Lucian Minor and his family.

One of the three newest residence halls on The University of Mississippi campus will have a new name in the coming weeks after the state college board of trustees approved the university’s request.

North Ridge, one of the three new freshman residence halls that were built within the last year, will be renamed after 1937 Ole Miss graduate Lucian Minor.

“We are currently in the process of scheduling a dedication ceremony,” said Larry Sparks, vice chancellor of administration and finance at Ole Miss. “Also during this time, the exact name of the dorm will be nailed down.”

Minor and his family recently gave $5.2 million to the university’s Patterson School of Accountancy, adding to earlier financial support from the family.

The Ole Miss School of Accountancy has received national attention lately and is currently one of the top 10 schools of accountancy in the nation.

“Mary and Lucian Minor have been some of our most faithful supporters for many years, and we are humbled by their generosity,” Dean of Accountancy Mark Wilder said.

“Their support will help to further strengthen the Patterson School and enable us to continue building on our strong teaching and mentoring tradition, a trademark of our program and a vital reason for the successes we enjoy.”

The Board of Trustees for the Institutes for Higher Learning (IHL) approved the request in their Nov. 15 meeting in Jackson.

“UM respectfully requests approval to name a new residence hall on the Oxford campus in honor of Lucian Minor for his support and longtime investments that have helped propel the accountancy programs to national prominence,” the university’s request to IHL read.

Though a specific name for the residence hall has not yet been determined, Sparks said he thinks it will be called “Lucian Minor Hall.”

Minor, a native of Macon, was recruited by General Mills Inc., in Minneapolis after graduating from Ole Miss. He was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy as a cost inspector and passed the CPA exam during his enlistment.

He opened his own accounting firm in Memphis and retired in 1978. He was inducted into the Patterson School of Accountancy’s Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Ole Miss Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005.