Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center

Dr. Richard Ridenour was a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp. responsible for commanding the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland before serving as Marian’s president. Those who know Dr. Ridenour best speak of his infectious spirit and energy. While president at Marian, this spirit and energy brought a renewed sense of pride and set a new course for Marian’s future. During Ridenour’s tenure as president, Marian experienced its greatest level of success.

  • Enrollment levels soared, records were set in student applications and in the size of each incoming class.
  • Marian completed the first major construction projects in more than 15 years including the Stayer Center, Todd Wehr Alumni Center and Smith Fields soccer and softball complexes.
  • Fundraising at Marian reached an all-time high – the capital campaign spearheaded by Dr. Ridenour exceeded its goal of $16M and was the largest in Marian’s history.

Today, Dr. Ridenour and his wife Leslie continue to champion Marian University’s current impact and future potential. To honor Richard and Leslie we present to you the “Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center,” a $12 million renovation to the current science building to continue the Ridenour’s legacy at Marian University.


To ensure the long-term strength and stability for the future, Marian University depends upon an endowment of savings and investments intended to last in perpetuity. Marian University is highly dependent upon tuition as a source of income and an increase to our endowment offsets the cost of tuition for our students.  Attractive financial aid packages allow Marian to compete for the best students actively sought by other colleges and universities.

There are many ways to increase endowment, such as endowed scholarships, endowed professorships and endowed chairs.  Endowed funds provide a strong fiscal foundation for our future. Because of the endowment’s importance to the University, an ambitious goal of $1 million has been set for increasing the endowment through The Marian Campaign.