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ADA, OK-- For the students and faculty of East Central University, Thursday was the beginning of a new chapter. There was no shortage of applause as ECU's new business school was officially introduced to students, faculty and Oklahoma dignitaries.

The grand opening of the Harland Stonecipher School of Business has been on the university's wishlist for several years now. After $14 million and tonight's ribbon cutting, the school is proud to make it a reality.

"This should be the highlight of my career," said East Central president John Hargrave. "The opening of this building means so much to the community, so much to the Chickasaw Nation, so much to East Central University. I think it will benefit all of the state of Oklahoma."

Hundreds attended Friday's event, including Sen. Susan Paddack and Gov. Bill Anoatubby, who made a few brief remarks.

Anoatubby said, "This fine institution will serve the needs of the faculty, will serve the needs of the community, and most importantly the needs of the students."

The ceremony began at 1p.m. with tours to the public--showcasing the facility's state-of-the-art classrooms and conference spaces. ECU business students say they are looking forward to spending many of their study hours here.

Wendell Godwin, dean of the business school, says the building means more than just a pretty addition for East Central.

"The fact that it will draw people from around the region and state to our city to show off what we have in the city of Ada and East Central will hopefully improve our brand recognition and visibility," said Godwin.

Godwin even says that many students have since switched over to the business major.

President Hargrave said he was proud to announce the building has opened with no debt, and that he would like to thank the generous donors for their support in funding the new addition.