Merced College president gives state of the campus

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- The president of Merced College gave an update on the state of the campus on Thursday.

People had the chance to gather in person at the college's amphitheater to learn more about what's next for the campus community.

Last year's events were put on hold because of the pandemic.

"It is wonderful to have so many community partners within Merced and the surrounding area. To have them back on our campus and celebrating our successes, and continuing to look for ways that they can support us is a game-changer. We wouldn't be the college we are today if it weren't for this community," said President Chris Vitelli.

Along with the state of the college address, the President's Medallion Award was also presented to Susie Downey and her late husband, Colonel Russell Downey.

The family donated $1 million to the school last year to support student success and access initiatives.

In honor of their generosity, the Merced College Learning Resources Center will be named after the Downeys.

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