AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – A $12 million donation will be used to create a new culinary science center at Auburn University.
The donation was made by James "Jimmy" Rane. The board of trustees approved to name the center 'The Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center' in honor of Rane's parents.
The center is expected to be located adjacent to the hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
"Not only will the center's facilities provide our students with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on lessons and demonstrations in culinary arts and luxury accommodations from the best in the industry, but it also will provide guests with an immersion in hospitality that is second to none," said College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton.
Rane's father, Anthony "Tony" J. Rane, was the son of Italian immigrants, a World War II veteran, an entrepreneur and a businessman.
"We are grateful for the Rane family's vision to establish a facility that will help train students for careers in the global hospitality and tourism industries," said Auburn President Jay Gogue. "This center will serve as a lasting tribute to Tony and Libba Rane."