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A building that houses Daytona State College’s education programs has a new name in honor of a longtime donor whose trust fund will ultimately give the college one of the largest gifts in its history.
Building 200 on the Daytona Beach Campus was named the George C. Nunamann Hall during a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 18. Over the past 10 years, Nunamann’s trust has donated more than $750,000 to the Daytona State College Foundation in support of student scholarships, helping 650 students to date.
Ultimately, it will provide the foundation $3.5 million when fully conveyed, Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton announced during the dedication.
District Board of Trustees Chairman Dwight Lewis said the Nunamann Trust’s gift is especially timely in light of the current recession and budget cuts that have forced public colleges to make do with less, while maintaining their mission of providing access to education for all who can benefit.
During the dedication, Sally Gillespie, who chairs the DSC Foundation Board of Directors, introduced Kimble Medley, who was the first in her family to attend college and among the students who received a Nunamann Trust scholarship. Medley is a 4.0 student who earned her associate of arts degree in May and plans to apply her scholarship to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree. She expressed gratitude for the Nunamann scholarship, and said it has made a huge difference in helping to defray the cost of her education.
A longtime New York banker and investor, George Nunamann retired to Daytona Beach, where for 27 years he enjoyed the climate and relaxed pace of life. In 1984, he established the trust and named members of his family its beneficiaries. He also designated Daytona State College as the beneficiary once the trust’s designated family members passed away, stipulating that the college establish the George C. Nunamann Scholarship Fund to pay the tuition of students based on their academic performance and financial need.
The Nunamann family’s one surviving nephew, Stephen B. Dietz Jr., was recognized during the dedication ceremony and participated in the unveiling of the building’s new name.