Oakland University celebrates new campus bell tower

The Detroit News

Rochester — Oakland University dedicated a 151-foot-tall bell tower Friday afternoon, celebrating a new landmark at the center of its campus.

A ceremony for the newly built Elliott Tower was attended by a crowd that included Hugh and Nancy Elliott, who gave $6.5 million for the tower's design, construction and operation. The couple have contributed to numerous other OU projects, including $2 million toward the School of Business Administration.


Oakland University’s new Elliott Tower, seen during the final stages of construction last month, is 151 feet tall.

OU says the largest bell in the tower — low C — weighs about 5,000 pounds and is 5 feet in diameter. In all, the tower's 49 bells weigh more than 30,000 pounds.

The tower's clock is about 9 feet 6 inches in diameter, and its minute hand stretches 54 ¾ inches from the center of the clock to the outside tip.

About 20,000 students attend Oakland University.