Manchester gets $2.5M gift for Academic Center

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Manchester University says a $2.5 million gift from an alumnus and his wife will help underwrite its $9 million Academic Center.

Mike and Sandy Jarvis of Franklin provided the gift announced Wednesday by the liberal arts school in northeastern Indiana.

More than half of Manchester’s academic programs are housed in the Academic Center, including business and accounting, social sciences, English, peace studies and modern languages. It opened in fall 2012.

Mike Jarvis founded Franklin Power Products, which produced engines, transmissions and electrical systems. After selling the company to Delco Remy, Jarvis served as president and manager of that company’s Powertrain Division until 2004. He also was a member of Manchester’s Board of Trustees for 10 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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