In honor of many years of service to Central College, the meeting room in the Graham Annex was officially named the Dave ’61 and Ardie ’64 Sutphen Common Room on Monday.
With support from the numerous faculty and staff present for the surprise announcement, Central College President Mark Putnam acknowledged and thanked the Sutphens for their dedication to the college.
“What we are celebrating is an important legacy,” Putnam said. “Dave and Ardie are people who define an era and they are people who are uniquely Central College.”
Ardie served the college for 33 years as the assistant to the president, retiring last August. Dave began working at Central in 2000 and retired as the vice president of advancement in April.
The room dedication was presented by Dave and Ardie’s children Todd ’85 and Valerie ’85 Sutphen and Tamre Logan ’89. Donors and supporters of the project were also in attendance: Bill Northup ‘83, vice president of advancement; Shayla From, board of trustees member; Henry ’53 and Milly Vande Kieft; Mark ’64 and Kay ‘63 De Cook and Dan De Cook ’95. David Roe, former Central president, and his wife Betsy also contributed to the project.
“The names of people from our past help us remember as we pass on from one generation to the next,” Putnam said. “The legacy left by Dave and Ardie is what Central is all about.”