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Tabor College’s newest residence hall named Jost Hall

Lee and Janice Jost from Henderson, Nebraska, have supported Tabor College for six decades. Photo: Tabor College

Tabor College has officially named its newest residence hall, Jost Hall, in honor of Leroy (Lee) and Janice (Kornelson, fs’52) Jost. The project is set to be finished this summer and will be available to female students in August 2023.

Jost Hall, an 86-bed facility, is the largest residence hall added to the campus since the Townhouses (78 beds) opened in 2007.

The family’s Tabor roots run deep. Lee, who passed away Dec. 3, 2022, served on the Board of Directors for 29 years (1968-97), including as chairman and on the executive committee. They were contributors to the construction of the Men’s Quad and are recognized on a plaque outside of Nebraska Hall.

“The Jost family embodies the strength and commitment of the greater Tabor community,” says President David Janzen. “Over the last six decades, their giving spirit is evident in their hospitality, service, finances and prayerful support. It is our honor to recognize them by naming Jost Hall, tying their legacy to Tabor for generations to come.”

Leroy and Janice’s family farm near Henderson, Neb., has reached three generations. It is now run by their son Mark (fs’79) and grandson, Bret (g’10).

Their passion for Christian higher education was no secret, routinely pointing students in Tabor’s direction. That includes their three sons, Mark, Steve (g’76) and Garry (g’80).

“Lee and Janice found joy in giving, sharing and serving God with their resources,” says Ron Braun, vice president of philanthropy. “They nurtured many people throughout the 60 years I have known them, sharing Christ with others, offering encouragement to many, and contributing financially when necessary.”

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