Grace A. Tanner Center

The CenturiumThe Centurium

A gift to the University to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Southern Utah University in 1897, The Centurium speaks to the origins and purpose of the University and the power of education.

The men and women whose statues stand in The Centurium have, through their devotion to the life of the mind, forged new and better paths for the generations of the future. Admired and esteemed for their intellectual contributions, they continue to foster the development of learning, many hundreds of years beyond their own lives and times. The contributions made by these intellectual giants reflect the motto of this University: "Learning Lives Forever."

Dr. Eugene T. Woolf, former Director of the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values, assisted in the selection of the twelve historical figures from Western civilization represented in The Centurium. He subsequently wrote a book about these eminent men and women, The Odyssey of the Mind, A Voyage of Discovery, published by Southern Utah University Press. It is available for purchase from the SUU Bookstore.

Aristotle Socrates Plato

William Shakespeare Leonardo da Vinci Marie Curie

Thomas Jefferson Germaine de Staël John Stuart Mill

Galileo Galilei Albert Einstein Isaac Newton