Built on a rise overlooking historic Olde Towne Clinton, the four-bedroom residence will serve as a convenient, attractive location in which President Lee Royce and future leaders can welcome faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other guests at MC. The president’s home will complement the quaint shops, restaurants, and businesses along Olde Towne’s brick streets, and make Clinton’s vibrant historic district all the more appealing.
Dr. Don Phillips ’54, ’84 and his wife, Sue, made the generous lead gift to fund the construction of the house, which occupies the former site of the old Hilltop Theater. The home will be known as Phillips House.
In addition to the Phillips’ gift, a number of other donors have contributed to the project. “All of the costs of construction will be paid from private gifts and the sale of the existing home,” said Vice President for Advancement and Legal Counsel to the President Bill Townsend.
Dr. Royce and his wife, Rhoda, currently live in a university-owned residence in another part of Clinton, but look forward to moving closer to campus. Tara Lytal, director of Main Street Clinton, is also pleased with the new construction project.
“Building a Mississippi College landmark at one of the gateways to Olde Towne will benefit nearby businesses,” Lytal said. “The many Mississippi College visitors who will be entertained at the residence are sure to be charmed by the friendly atmosphere and historic beauty of our brick streets. The new home will be an asset to MC and to our community."