By The Hays Daily News

According to several sources, the name for the newest academic building at Fort Hays State University will be Hammond Hall.

The $10 million, 36,000-square-foot Center for Networked Learning building that was completed in July, will be named in honor of Edward Hammond, president at FHSU for 27 years who retired this summer.

It will be the second building named after Hammond in six months time. In May, he was honored in China when Sias International University in Zhengzhou named a building that houses its College of International Education and its nursing department Hammond Hall.

Hammond, the longest serving president in the 112-year history of Fort Hays who came to Hays from the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1987, remains on campus at FHSU as a consultant.