Open for business fall 2013, Breuninger Hall is the newest residence hall addition to the Taylor campus. It’s designed for 150 students and will house both under- and upperclassmen as a traditional on-campus hall. Breuninger is connected to Gerig Hall and, like its neighbor, will be a co-ed hall. A specially selected group of returning students and incoming freshman will start to develop new traditions and a new hall identity.
Namesake: Ruth Ann Breuninger
Dr. Ruth Ann Breuninger served Taylor as an associate professor of religion and physical education from 1964-1975. As a major supporter of hands-on ministry experience, she is remembered best for founding Lighthouse in 1971. Through Lighthouse students study and serve cross-culturally around the world each January; the university-wide program has seen over 2,200 students participate in 150 mission trips in 29 different countries. These trips expand service learning into service leadership, and cultivate in students the desire to understand and empathize with others what is so close to the heart of servant leadership.
Called “Miss B” and later “Dr. B” by her students, Breuninger was a quirky, fun-loving professor who sometimes raised eyebrows with her unique personality, but saw students as her ministry and always put them first. She mentored hundreds one-on-one, maintained relationships, and correspondence with many until her passing, and served well as a resource for developing servant leaders’ efficiency in their Kingdom work.