Historic Auburn house to become center for philanthropic and non-profit studies at Auburn University

AUBURN – The Halliday-Cary-Pick House, built in the 1840s and the second oldest home in Auburn, will become the newly developed Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Auburn University.

June Henton, dean of Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, made the announcement Monday at the ninth annual Spring Symposium for the Women’s Philanthropy Board, which will relocate to the Cary Center. “This historic gift and subsequent creation of the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies is a tremendous benefit for Auburn University and the Auburn community,” Henton said.

The Cary Center will integrate the Women’s Philanthropy Board into its operations and offer programs related to financial and philanthropic responsibility, nonprofit leadership and mentoring. Plans for the Center include the development of distance education courses, certificate and degree programs and research.

Henton said the creation of the Cary Center is in tandem with the announcement of a new minor in philanthropy and nonprofit studies for undergraduate students at Auburn. The minor will be offered through the Department of Consumer Affairs in the College of Human Sciences and students can begin to pursue this credential as early as summer of 2011. The Cary Center will serve as a nationally recognized venue to promote the curriculum of the new minor.

Frances Pick Dillard, a Women’s Philanthropy Board founding member and steward of the family homestead, shares the enthusiasm for the establishment of the Cary Center.

“Our family has upheld traditions of patriotism, responsibility, leadership, mentoring and philanthropy for generations,” said Dillard. “We are thrilled with the establishment of the Cary Center and look forward to the impact that this work will make on current and future generations of leaders and philanthropists.”

The benefits of the historic home will reach far beyond the College of Human Sciences. For faculty and students in interior design and architecture, the space will be an example of 19th and 20th century design, preservation and architecture. The Cary Center will permanently house the archives of Dr. Charles Allen Cary and other artifacts important to the field of veterinary medicine and the students and faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The center was aptly named in honor of Dr. Cary, the original owner of the home, for the leadership qualities he embodied as the first dean of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The establishment of the Cary Center in the Halliday-Cary-Pick House will preserve Dr. Cary’s legacy and demonstrates our commitment to the advancement of Auburn University,” Henton said.

Plans are for the Cary Center to be open by July 1, with a formal dedication scheduled in the fall of 2011.

(Contributed by Amy Weaver.)

Contact: Sidney James, (334) 844-9199 (jamessp@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)