The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Largest Gift in Ohio State Mansfield History Establishes Fund for Library

August 2, 2018


The Ohio State University at Mansfield recently received the largest donation in its history - $1.38 million. The estate gift was given to Ohio State Mansfield anonymously in support of the Bromfield Library and Information Commons on campus.

“The money was donated to create the Matthew and Frank Hannah Library Fund,” said Mansfield Campus Dean and Director Norman Jones. “Thanks to a benefactor, we are pleased to announce the establishment of this fund. This permanently endowed fund will provide annual income to the university to support Ohio State’s acquisition, preservation and restoration of books and reference materials.”

Matthew and Frank Hannah grew up across the street from Ohio State Mansfield and watched the campus grow. They visited the library many times during their childhood, as the library is open to the community. Frank Hannah was a graduate of Ohio State with a degree in business computer programming. He passed away in 1990. Matt was a pre-medicine student at Ohio State when he passed away in 1974.

Senior Vice President of Richland Bank Charla Irvin recently visited campus to make a check presentation to Dean Jones.

“The Bromfield Library was important to the Hannah brothers as children and is a vital resource for our students and the community now,” said Jones. “We are so grateful that our donor understood the value of the library and established a fund to honor these two brothers.”

The Bromfield Library and Information Commons is named after Mansfield native and American author/ conservationist Louis Bromfield. Bromfield won the Pulizer Prize for his 1926 novel, Early Autumn.

About Ohio State Mansfield:

The Ohio State University at Mansfield offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive as students become part of an academic tradition that leads the way in shaping tomorrow’s world. Students discover world-class teaching minds passionate about connecting to other disciplines while discovering new ways to see the world. With access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors, Ohio State Mansfield is where learning comes to life. Research, internships, education abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.