Dave and Brenda Rickey pledge $2 million toward Library Project

Dave Rickey '78 was reared on technology. His everyday vocabulary includes words such as semiconductors and high performance communication chips. Mention the library's Dewey Decimal System to him and you might get a blank stare.

So it might come as a surprise that Dave and Brenda Rickey, of Poway, Calif., have pledged $2 million toward the new Marietta College Library (scheduled to open in January 2009). Lori Lewis, vice president of advancement, said the gift pulls the Advancement team within about $500,000 of fulfilling the $17 million construction cost of the facility.

"We are overwhelmed by the unremitting support and dedication that Dave and Brenda have displayed toward Marietta College. Their gift toward this project will have a positive impact on the College community and the community at large," Lewis said.

Even Dave admits it's not the most likely fit. "I really wasn't thinking about making a donation to the Library Project, but Brenda and I met with President (Jean) Scott and Lori Lewis and we realized this was important to them and to Marietta College. We have a lot of faith in President Scott and her vision for the College."

Nevertheless, if his wife hadn't persevered, the Rickey Information Commons might yet be an unnamed space. It was Brenda who connected with the concept. "I just think a library is such a major component of what makes a college. If you have a distinctive library it can be a great drawing point for prospective students. I also thought naming the area that will contain the majority of computers and Internet stations was a natural fit for our family."

The Rickey Commons, an area of approximately 5,150 square feet, will serve as a student productivity center with proximity to both research support provided by library professionals and technology support provided by information technology staff.

"Dave and Brenda Rickey brought together two of their passions - technology and education at Marietta College - to donate the Rickey Information Commons for our new library. The Rickeys understand that the ways in which students learn are changing, and that online resources play a key role in that learning. For that reason, they insisted that the new library contain the best possible technological resources, from infrastructure to databases, and they have generously provided the resources to make that possible," said Marietta College President Dr. Jean A. Scott. "The partnership of Dave and Brenda Rickey with Marietta College is a very special one, and I am proud to work with them, inspired by their generosity, and deeply grateful for their insistence that Marietta College students have only the best."

Prior to his retirement in 2005, Rickey was CEO, President and Chairman of Applied Micro Circuits Corp., a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC processing, optical transport and storage solutions. He was responsible for taking AMCC from $50 million per year revenue in 1996 to more than $435 million in 2000.

"It is nice to know that we are playing a role in securing Marietta College's future, and for providing a showcase building that will enhance the outstanding image of my alma mater," Dave said.