The owners of Storage Express, which operates 93 self-storage facilities in five states, were recognized in a dedication ceremony on Jan. 15 when the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) renamed a building in their honor. The Schwitzer Student Center Atrium will now be known as Shreve Atrium in honor of husband-and-wife team Jefferson and Mary Shreve, who made a significant financial donation to the school. The space was chosen because it reflects the couple’s interest in the community, according to the source.
“I am so thankful and grateful to have our name associated with this campus and with this space, which is particularly meaningful to us, because this space is that connecting point not just for the student and faculty life, but for the community that reaches its fingers through the south side,” said Jefferson Shreve, who was born in South Indianapolis and served on the city council. He got involved with the college because he liked UIndy President Robert Manuel’s vision, and viewed the school as an important south-side institution, according to Christopher Molloy, vice president for university advancement.
“He started to support the university in smaller ways,” said Molloy, adding that he and Manuel came to know Shreve when he visited the campus. Shreve later decided he wanted to do more. Although the exact number wasn’t disclosed, his contribution falls into the “naming gift category,” for donations between $100,000 and $5,000,000. The money will support the Professional Edge Center, which helps students prepare for graduate school or the workforce, Molloy said.
“[The naming] is a wonderful opportunity to be able to connect to the Shreves as they think about their philanthropy, engaging the community, and facilitating the conversation as the University Heights neighborhood develops,” Manuel said.
Founded in 1992, Storage Express operates self-storage in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. It has offices in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Jeffersonville, Ind.