Parker Street Renamed Paul Conn Parkway
A private ceremony was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to celebrate the newly named Paul Conn Parkway. This event followed a unanimous decision by the Cleveland City Council on August 24 to rename a section of Parker Street to Paul Conn Parkway in honor of Lee University Chancellor Dr. Paul Conn.
Conn transitioned to the position of chancellor on August 1 after serving for 34 years as the university's president.
In 2016, then Mayor Tom Rowland (now Mayor Emeritus) proposed to rename the street upon Conn's retirement. This year, Mayor Kevin Brooks reintroduced the idea by requesting city staff to investigate the background and determine if it was possible.
Councilman Dale Hughes addressed the friends, family, and City Council members present at the Wednesday morning ceremony. "When a person fosters a tremendous relationship between the city and the university, he is deserving. When one builds a university to 5,000 students along with 700 faculty and staff, he's deserving."
Hughes went on to describe what a "good neighbor" Conn has been over the years by enhancing the value of the surrounding property and bringing programs to the community such as Encore, for senior learning, and the Presidential Concert Series, brought to the campus for students and guests by Conn and his wife, Darlia.
"From south 20th Street to Central, from Schimmels Park to Pangle Hall, stand 15 buildings that have all been built under the leadership of Dr. Conn," said Hughes. "They all now reside on Paul Conn Parkway."
Following Hughes' comments was an official unveiling of the new street sign, followed by a luncheon on Lee's campus, where Mayor Kevin Brooks, Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, and Lee President Dr. Mark Walker shared remarks.
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