Conflict Resolution Center groundbreaking honors Diane and John Duncum
More than 150 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Abilene Christian University ‘s Diane and John Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution Feb. 17. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the 7,000-square-foot facility to house ACU’s conflict resolution and mediation programs.The new facility was made possible by the generosity and support of John and Diane Duncum. The couple helped the Center move to its current location in 2005, and they both serve on the advisory team for the Center.”Diane and I share the vision for this Center,” John Duncum said at the ceremony. “We think this is what the university is all about; we are called to be peacemakers.”At the ceremony, Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, also spoke about what the Center will mean to ACU, as well as to the community.”I think the most groundbreaking feature of this building will not be the structure itself, or the location or the finely appointed furnishings,” said Money. “The most groundbreaking feature will be the incredible work of mediation, reconciliation and consensus-building that will take place inside the Center’s walls.”Money also announced the creation of the first scholarship endowment benefiting students in the Center for Conflict Resolution. The scholarship, established by John Duncum to honor his wife, Diane, will benefit ministry majors seeking certification in conflict resolution.