(Butler, PA) On November 13, the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. formally dedicated "The Bennitt House" on main campus for former Chair of the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc., Sue Bennitt and her husband Fred. The property located at 278 Oak Plank Road was owned by Fred and Sue Bennitt. Purchase of the property was approved by the BC3 Board of Trustees in March 2012.
“Acquiring the Old Plank Road property had been a part of BC3’s Master Plan clear back to the time of President Fred Bartok. This property is a wonderful addition to the footprint of BC3’s main campus,” said President Nick Neupauer at the dedication.
The Bennitts made their home on the property for 40 years. During that time, Sue became imbedded in the fabric of the College. She was a BC3 counselor for 20 years before retiring. In 1996, she joined the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors and served until 2012.
Sue became Chairperson of the Foundation Board in 2005. Under her leadership, the Foundation increased overall private contributions to the college and expanded BC3’s Scholarship Program. Sue was a part of the Foundation’s financing of BC3 @ LindenPointe in Hermitage, Mercer County.
In February 2013, Sue passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. “Sue was a wonderful lady and had a strong, dedicated connection to BC3. It is fitting that the house be officially named for Sue and her family,” said Ruth Purcell, Executive Director of the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc.
President Neupauer stated, “It is awesome that the house will carry the Bennitt name and formally be a part of the BC3 campus.”
Fred Bennitt spoke at the dedication and expressed his appreciation to the College for honoring Sue in such a special way. “Our family is overjoyed that the house is in the college’s hands and will continue to serve BC3,” said Fred.
The property consists of nearly seven acres, a house, barn, and garages. The house has been repurposed into offices and the former living room now serves as a gathering area used by faculty for classes and meetings. The Division of Educational Technology is temporarily using the offices during the renovation of the library. The College Operations Department uses the barn and garages for storage.
“The Bennitt House Dedication is the first of many gatherings the BC3 Education Foundation will be holding in this beautiful space,” said Ruth Purcell.
The Bennitt House is connected to the Main Campus by the Shaffer Walking Trail which encompasses the campus.