Renovated University Center will bear the names of alumni Tony and Marianne Ehinger.

When Drew’s University Center reopens in August 2012 after a year-long renovation, it will be transformed into a dynamic, contemporary gathering spot for meeting, eating, socializing and learning in the Forest.

It will also have a new name. The building will be called the Ehinger Center (pronounced ENG-ger) in honor of university trustee Tony Ehinger C’80, and his wife, Marianne Hyzak Ehinger C’80, who have committed $3 million in support of the project.

“We express our deepest gratitude to Tony and Marianne for this investment in Drew’s future,” said Bill Freeman, vice chair of Drew’s board of trustees and chair of the university’s planned comprehensive  campaign. “This gift represents the single largest outright donation by alumni of the College of Liberal Arts, and the Ehinger Center will be the first building at Drew ever named to recognize alumni philanthropy.”

Tony Ehinger, co-head of global securities at Credit Suisse, was an early proponent of the project and says that his motivation comes not from a sense of nostalgia for his past, but a desire to see Drew deliver an outstanding campus experience to future generations of students.

“We want to make Drew a competitive sell to students and deliver on the promise of a vibrant social life,” he recently told Drew Magazine. “Drew is woefully underpowered in that regard. My desire to see it happen is less animated by nostalgia for the ’70s and more about what we need to do today.”

Earlier this year, Ehinger joined other Class of 1980 alumni in raising $500,000 to renovate the Pub. That gift, which marked their 30th reunion, was the largest reunion gift ever to be received by the university.

The renovation project got underway in May and will last approximately 15 months. The Ehinger Center is expected to open in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.