Asbury announces $1.5 million gift for upgrades to baseball, softball facilities

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 1, 2013 

Attendees entered the Miller Center before a ribbon cutting on Friday, March 4, 2011, at Asbury University in Wilmore. Asbury University dedicated its 52,000 square-foot Andrew S. Miller Center of Communication Arts building, which features audio/music recording studios, radio booth, multimedia labs, television studio, screening room and black box theater. Photo by David Perry | Staff

DAVID PERRY | STAFF

Asbury University has received a $1.5-million gift for major additions and upgrades to its baseball and softball facilities.

The donation honors Dr. Jiles E. Kirkland, a 1950 Asbury graduate who spent 46 years as a United Methodist pastor and who served on the university's Board of Trustees.

Asbury President Sandra C. Gray announced the gift Monday night, just before Asbury's game with Kentucky State University at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

Asbury officials said baseball-softball improvements will include state-of-the-art lighting for night games, a new scoreboard, new concession stand and locker rooms, a new press box, a new indoor batting cage, and new dugouts and bleachers. The site will be called the Kirkland Complex.

"Dr. Kirkland is a dear friend of the university, and has made a lasting impact through his service and contributions," Gray said.

Groundbreaking for the new Kirkland Complex is set for Tuesday at Asbury's Zweifel Baseball and Softball Fields in Wilmore.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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