CANTON — The Timken Foundation is giving Malone University $1.2 million to help create a new Learning Commons and establish the Timken Foundation Center for Student Success in the school's Cattell Library.

The private Christian university announced the gift Friday morning.

“We’re honored that the Timken Foundation would invest in Malone students in this way,” Malone President David King said in a prepared statement. “This project creates a central location where students and faculty can gather for collaborative learning with modern spaces and state-of-the-art technology, enhancing the learning environment while also providing support systems necessary for student success.”

The Timken Foundation Center for Student Success, which is within the Learning Commons space, will support students with a focus on retention, first-year advising, scheduling, tutoring, career planning, and disability services.

“This project will take a valuable resource and reposition it for future needs,” said Jack Timken, president of the board at Timken Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the application of information technology to improve access to resources for students to enhance their learning experience.”

The renovation of the Cattell Library also will mean the library will be available to the Greater Canton community as a site for meetings and public events.

“We take our role as Canton’s university very seriously,” King said. “We have more than 100 strategic partnerships with Stark County organizations, businesses, and social service agencies. The Cattell Library is another resource for the university to offer to our neighbors and this renovated space will serve as a well-equipped and comfortable space for intellectual activities. We very much view it as a resource for Stark County and the region.”

The Learning Commons project is part of Malone’s $25 million Building a Bolder Vision Campaign that seeks to transform the student experience. Fundraising to complete the project is ongoing. For more information about the project, visit www.malone.edu/learning-commons.