SAN ANGELO – Work crews began dirt work on the foundation for the Housley Tower at Angelo State University Monday.
ASU officials broke ground on the bell tower project in August 2022. The Housley Tower will be 70-to-80-feet tall and will be located on campus between the Stephens Chapel and S. Johnson Street.
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Named in honor of the late entrepreneur and philanthropist, Robert “Bob” Housley, the Housley Tower will be 70-to-80-feet tall and will be located on campus between the Stephens Chapel and S. Johnson Street. It will feature an electronic Verdin Carillon Bell System, and the exterior and roof of the tower will match the brick-and-stone construction and metal roof of the Stephens Chapel.
“The Housley Tower will soon be the new iconic structure of the campus and the city,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “Bob Housley believed in the same principles and values that we strive to uphold at Angelo State, and the tower that bears his name will stand as a lasting symbol of that commitment to excellence and the community. This is my first groundbreaking ceremony as president of Angelo State, and it’s definitely a proud day for me and the entire Ram Family.”
The project is being funded by a generous gift from Mona Housley in memory of her late husband, Bob Housley, founder of Housley Communications.
“Bob had a vision of putting a bell tower on the ASU campus for a long time,” Mona Housley said. “I wish he were here to see it finally happen, but I’m also happy to be able to fulfill his dream. He also gave so much to the San Angelo community during his life, and the Housley Tower will be both a permanent reminder of his kindness and leadership, as well as a fitting tribute to his generosity of spirit.”