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David Mathews Center for Civic Life Dedicates Two New Buildings

The David Mathews Center for Civic Life dedicated two new buildings on the campus of The American Village in Montevallo on Friday, February 21.  Over 200 people attended the ceremony and enjoyed a first look at the awe-inspiring Rotunda building and new office building of the Mathews Center.  The Center's purpose is to foster infrastructure, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making, and the new building will allow citizens and work groups to gather to learn, share, and make plans for civic engagement in communities around state.  

Living Democracy students Lowery McNeal, Shaye McCauley, and Jelani Moore enjoyed meeting Dr. David and Mary Mathews.  David is a native a Grove Hill, Ala.; former President of the University of Alabama; former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Gerald Ford administration; and currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.  His latest book, The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future, is available from Kettering Foundation Press.