The “Ellison Miles Building” Dedication: What It Means to Us

monument copyYesterday, a building on the Brookhaven College campus was named after our founder, Ellison Miles. Brookhaven College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), dedicated the site of the college’s geotechnology institute as the “Ellison Miles Building,” honoring Ellison’s 20 years of service and contribution to the DCCCD. Ellison became Director Emeritus of the DCCCD Foundation Board in 1996, after 20 years of board service.  He also remains the largest individual benefactor of the DCCCD Foundation, helping to start several scholarship funds and renovate a 20,000 square-foot facility for Geology and Earth Science education and training.

This building dedication is extremely meaningful for The Miles Foundation team.  It not only honors the philanthropic efforts of our founder, Ellison Miles, but it is also a lasting testament to his passion for education and pursuit of “education for all ages” throughout his life.  Ellison Miles worked tirelessly to help others succeed and provide them with better opportunities.  The Ellison Miles Building will forever capture that spirit of growth and learning for students of all ages.

Our Chairman of the Board, Jack Burdett, spoke at the ceremony.  His words captured our sentiments when he said,

“…More than his financial contributions, it was Mr. Miles’ heart, his passion for enabling people to thrive, that makes today’s dedication so special. While Mr. Miles was a great philanthropist and will be remembered for his remarkable donations to this community, it is the spirit of Ellison Miles – his unbridled enthusiasm for life and learning, and his genuine care for people – that will forever be memorialized through this Ellison Miles Building.

On behalf of all of us at The Miles Foundation, thank you to Brookhaven College and the DCCCD Foundation for honoring the memory of Mr. Miles – a great man who believed in the power of education, and who wanted to help these institutions to thrive.”

Thank you, again, to the DCCCD Foundation and Brookhaven College for such a special ceremony and honor.