In recognition of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kares’  gift, the University Library will be named “Kares Library.”

Dateline: February 19,  2019

Athens State University is pleased to announce that on Friday, May 3, 2019, a reception and unveiling ceremony will be held in the University Library for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kares of Boynton Beach, Florida. Mr. Kares, a 1968 alumnus of Athens College, and his wife Gale, a retired librarian, have made the largest individual financial commitment in the history of the Athens State University Foundation. In recognition of their gift, the University Library will be named “Kares Library.”

“I came to Athens College in 1965 to pursue a degree which would put me on a path to be successful in life,” stated Mr. Kares. “Since my graduation in 1968, I have never failed to acknowledge that the quality of education which I received in Athens has been a significant factor in my success both in life and in my career. I am forever grateful to all of the faculty and staff at Athens State who played a part in my education there, and Gale and I are honored to be part of the University family.”

“This gift will create an endowment that will benefit the library, students, faculty, staff, and the entire Athens community for generations to come,” stated Dr. Ron Ingle, interim president at Athens State University. “The University appreciates generous donors such as Mr. and Mrs. Kares and their desire to make a significant impact on student success.”