Rose State College has received a $250,000 gift from the Robert Croak Family in support of the newly renovated student center currently under construction on campus. This generous gift will help to establish the FNB Community Bank Banquet Hall, a state-of-the-art banquet and meeting hall on the second floor. The new banquet hall will feature seating for roughly 400 people with floor to ceiling windows.
Robert H. Croak serves as Chairman of the Board of FNB Community Bank (formerly known as First National Bank). Croak graduated from Midwest City High School in 1959 and attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Commercial Law. Croak is a very active member of many Mid-Del civic organizations and currently serves as a trustee of the Rose State College Scholarship Foundation. Robert Croak was also appointed to the Rose State College Board of Regents in 1993, where he served two terms as chairman before stepping down in 2014. Robert’s son, William H. “Bill” Croak, is a newly elected member of the Rose State College Board of Regents and President/CEO of FNB Community Bank. John Croak serves as a trustee of the Rose State College Foundation.
“As a community bank, FNB knows and understands the importance of education in the lives of our young people and communities we serve and Rose State College serves,” said Bill Croak of FNB Bank. “The new student center and associated meeting rooms will be put to good use by Rose State College students, faculty and community to enhance their educational experiences and develop new leadership going forward into the future.”
“We are extremely grateful to the Croak Family and their dedication to Rose State College,” said Dr. Jeanie Webb, President of Rose State College. “The support that Robert, Bill and John show to our students and our campus is part of the reason why Rose State College is positioned as one of the leaders in Higher Education in the state. This contribution will help ensure our new student center is among the nicest in Oklahoma.”
Upon completion, the new 48,000 sq. ft. student center will be a one-stop-shop for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The center will include an all-new student lounge, a full kitchen with catering and cafeteria services, the Rose State College Bookstore, the offices of Student Affairs, multiple conference rooms and study areas for students and the community, and the 400-seat FNB Community Bank Banquet Hall. The new student center plans to open in 2020.