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University to name center for Franklin couple

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An Indiana university will name its academic center after a Franklin couple who donated $5 million in a fundraising campaign.

Mike and Sandy Jarvis originally donated $2.5 million to the Manchester University campaign then doubled the gift. The North Manchester-based university will rename the Academic Center after them. The building houses high-tech classrooms and faculty offices.

Jarvis founded Franklin Power Products in 1983, which grew to more than 2,700 employees, before the company was sold to Delco Remy. He then launched Jarvis Enterprises, which includes companies in multiple areas including telecommunications, automatic technology, real estate, farming and health technology.

Jarvis graduated from Manchester in 1969 and served on its board of trustees for 10 years.

He was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2005.

The school has about 1,400 students with locations in North Manchester and Fort Wayne. More than 50,000 people donated to the college’s fundraising drive, which was completed 18 months ahead of schedule and raised $108 million.

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