During the week of their 109th anniversary homecoming, Baylor University has launched a $1.1 Billion fundraising campaign they are calling ” Give Light.”
Saying it will undergird their overall academic strategic plan the announcement says the campaign would impact every aspect of campus life, from academics and athletics to student life and service learning.
The strategic plan, called ” Illuminate”, would also bolster financial support for students, faculty and the campus community.
“Our commitment to position Baylor as the preeminent Christian research university has never been stronger,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
“For more than 170 years, Baylor has served as a source of illumination and inspiration to communities close to home and around the globe. In pursuing the success of Illuminate, we will articulate and embody an exceptional vision for 21st-century Christian higher education and produce graduates with the wisdom, innovation and leadership skills required to make a difference in the world.”
In announcing the launch, Baylor also celebrated a lead gift from Mark and Paula Hurd that would create a new welcome center that would be a 50 to 60-thousand square foot complex designed to create interest and enthusiasm in the University, calling it a ” new front door” to the University.
During what was called the campaign’s ” silent phase”, 97 gifts of more than $1 million have been made to support various University priorities.
$11.5 million from Mark and Jennifer McCollum would establish The McCollum Family Chair in Data Sciences.
$2.5 million from Lynda and Robert Copple would establish the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair in Christian School Leadership.
Continued fundraising during the Give Light campaign will be focused on endowed funds to equip facult as teachers and researchers, provide student scholarships and launch growth priorities and on providing expendable funds to support immediate needs, bolster athletics and provide global learning experiences.
Other funds would go to capital projects that add physical capacity for academic and athletic growth.
Among projects would be renovation of the Tidwell Bible building to expand and enhance academic instruction, modernize the learning environment, provide collaboration spaces for students, and shape faculty officers to allow better interaction with colleagues and students.
There are plans for a research accelerator to produce increased research and creative endeavors.
“This is an extraordinary moment for our University, and I am grateful for a Baylor Family that cares deeply for our students and gives light to the mission we pursue every day,” President Livingstone said.