“The Campaign for Methodist University – Building Excellence” Surpasses the $27 Million Mark

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—Methodist University is pleased to announce that more than $27 million has been raised towards the campaign goal of $35 million, which is 79% of the goal. The exact total raised to date is $27,663,130.

Additionally, the $5.5 million goal for the Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building has been met thanks to a $500,000 gift from the families of brothers Norwood and David Bryan, as well as a $1.2 million gift from Ramon Yarborough, which included a $200,000 challenge to fellow members of the University’s Board of Trustees, which has been achieved. “The Norwood and David Bryan families are pleased to be among the many donors for the new Health Sciences building at Methodist University,” said Mary Lynn Bryan, chair of the Board of Trustees and the National Campaign Committee. “It will make possible further development of key programs at the University that beneficially serve an increasing number of students and help make medical care in our community even more readily available.”

Earlier this year, the Thomas R. and Elizabeth E. McLean Foundation pledged $2.6 million to the campaign for the Health Sciences Building, which will be home to the proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, currently in the planning stages. The first class of DPT students is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015, when the doors of a new Health Sciences Building are opened. The university plans to break ground on this project later this summer.

“The success to date of the Building Excellence Campaign would not have been possible without the leadership gifts that have enabled the University to move forward with the construction of signature facilities aligned with our highest priorities,” said Dr. Ben Hancock, Methodist University president. “The support from individuals like Ramon Yarborough and the Bryans, as well as the McLean Foundation, has demonstrated once again the commitment this community has to our University and its vision for the future.”

The campaign entitled “The Campaign for Methodist University – Building Excellence” is the largest fundraising initiative in Methodist University’s history. The campaign will fund scholarships, endowed faculty positions, academic programs, campus life enhancements, new and renovated academic buildings, and six new and expanded athletic facilities.

One hundred percent of the university’s Board of Trustees and the 50-member National Campaign Committee have contributed to the campaign. The university has seen a 300-percent increase in total giving from last year to this year and an increase in alumni, faculty, and staff giving.

“The Campaign for Methodist University – Building Excellence” will continue through 2016. Numerous naming opportunities are available within each of the facilities as well as named endowment opportunities. The capital projects in the campaign include:

  • The Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building
  • John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building Renovation
  • World Ministry Center
  • Huff Concert Hall
  • Student Union and Berns Center Renovation and Expansion
  • Golf Facilities Expansion and the Golf Education Center
  • Gene Clayton Tennis Center
  • Baseball Fieldhouse
  • Price Field and Softball Fieldhouse
  • Soccer Facility, Renovation and Expansion
  • Football, Track and Field, and Lacrosse Facility

For more information on the Campaign for Methodist University, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 910.630.7200 or visit the campaign website at www.CampaignForMU.org.

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