Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - The final construction beam in the Rane Center at Auburn University was raised last week in front of a large gathering of Auburn and even some Alabama state officials, including Governor Kay Ivey. Ivey, in a statement, said that the Culinary Science Center would benefit tourism and hospitality industries in Alabama and “definitely put us on the map worldwide.”

“The bottom line is this center will train future generations in the hospitality industry in first-class style,” she added. “It will be a credit to future generations and give lots of young folks opportunities that they never would have had.”

Governor Ivey was not the only official to deliver high praise towards the Rane Center, as Auburn University’s President, Jay Gogue, predicted that “[Rane Center is] going to be the best in the world, not the best in the U.S., but the world’s best.”

Auburn operates Alabama’s sole professionally accredited hospitality program and the new culinary center will be very for students in top high school culinary programs. Rane Center, located at the South College Street and Thach Avenue intersection, will also be an attractive destination for alumni and those new to Auburn University that come to enjoy Auburn’s new food and beverage tourism center.

The Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center is scheduled to open for the fall of 2022 semester and house Auburn University’s hospitality management program in the College of Human Sciences. For more information about the site, follow this link to the Rane Center website. Follow this link to view Auburn University’s video commemorating the occasion.