By Katie Jenko
Overlooking the northern side of Denison’s campus, the Welsh Hills Room provides one of the best vantage points on campus. While the entire Burton D. Morgan facility exudes simple elegance, there is something unique about the Welsh Hills Room itself. From the enormous windows to the intricate wooden floor pattern to the detailed light fixtures hanging from the tall ceiling, the room embodies a sense of strength, creativity, and infinite possibilities.
For the past 15 years, the Denison community has witnessed two people embody these same qualities. President Dale T. Knobel and his wife, Tina, have contributed greatly to this campus and community during his presidential term. In farewell, the community will immortalize their efforts by renaming the Welsh Hills Room as Knobel Hall in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Knobel.
During his tenure, President Knobel has significantly impacted the campus environment we all enjoy today. “At the heart of this transformation has been the Welsh Hills Room, which lends a special touch to literally every type of activity held there. This contribution has enhanced the landscape of our campus permanently, so I’m pleased that the renaming of this special space will serve as a permanent reminder of President and Mrs. Knobel’s inspiration, celebrating and honoring the care they have generously given to our community for 15 years,” commented the President’s executive assistant, Trish Ruess, on this special dedication.
In the words of Chair of the Board of Trustees Tom Hoaglin, “This room’s spectacular and long ranging views align perfectly with Dale’s focused and strategic vision for our college.”