In May of 2013, construction began on the first new building of Colorado Christian University's Lakewood campus redevelopment project — and our first new academic building. Just over one year later, in August of 2014, CCU students attended classes for the first time in Leprino Hall.
The three-story, 43,000 square foot academic building dramatically transforms the campus with the addition of 14 classrooms, faculty offices, a 250-seat community room and restaurant, and casual seating for a community “hangout” space. Leprino Hall has over 540 in-class seats — doubling our previous classroom capacity.
More than 600 donors contributed $17.1 million to finish the academic building — on budget and with no debt. Our deepest thanks to all who gave freely and joyfully. Gifts to our Campus Development Fund will impact lives for many generations to come. The generosity of our friends, parents, and alumni has helped to build a foundation for the next 100 years.
Leprino Hall is named in honor of Ms. Terry Leprino, of Denver’s Leprino Foods Co. family, the world's largest producer of mozzarella cheese. Terry has been developing leaders in nonprofit and for profit arenas for over 30 years. She spent ten years as the marketing director of Leprino Foods, training and supporting the company's national sales force. During the past twenty years, she has been leading, training and developing Young Life leaders and staff who invest their lives in middle school and high school students in Jefferson County and the Front Range Region as an area director, regional trainer and currently as a regional director.
Terry leads a foundation, Living Legacy, which awards college scholarships to young urban leaders and is intimately involved in their development. She has also provided ongoing counseling with multigenerational clients as a private practice therapist.
Terry currently serves on the boards of Leprino Foods, Colorado Christian University, Issachar Urban Leadership Center, and Nexus International.
At Leprino Hall’s dedication on September 2, 2014, a crowd of more than 800 people heard remarks from CCU President Bill Armstrong, Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy, CCU Student Body President Kelli Klaus, and representatives of the University’s alumni, faculty and staff.