JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 28, 2005– Union University has launched a $110 million capital campaign that will enhance campus facilities, endowment growth and operations support.
Entitled “Union 2010: A Vision for Excellence,” the campaign builds on the achievements of the past decade and positions the university for a dramatic increase in its ability to serve students and the community for years to come.
“It is impossible for future generations of Union students to receive the same excellence-driven, Christ-centered education now in place without the generosity of our friends,” said David S. Dockery, Union University president. “This campaign articulates a bold statement for our continued growth.”
Goals for the Vision for Excellence campaign include:
• $30 million for strategic needs on the campus, including the new White Hall science building, Fesmire Field House for athletics, a soccer complex, residence life improvements and expanded banquet facilities.
• $25 million for expanded endowment, which will allow the university to earn more income for student scholarships, academic chairs, academic programs and lectureships.
• $55 million for ongoing support of day-to-day operations. The average student who pays full tuition actually contributes only about half of the actual cost for his or her education. The new money would help move Union forward in hiring top faculty, providing financial aid and maintaining an effective educational environment.
“This campaign has been carefully planned to take Union University to another level of excellence and to build on the momentum established in the past 10 years,” said Harry Smith, a Union trustee and member of the campaign leadership team. “For this institution to continue to be recognized as one of the nation’s top Christian universities, we must accomplish the goals set for this campaign and give generously.”
Prior to 1996, Union had never attempted a financial campaign in excess of $10 million, but in 1998 the University set a $35 million goal that was reached two years ahead of schedule. In 2000, Union launched the Building a Future campaign, seeking $60 million by 2005. That campaign raised $63 million and concluded one year ahead of schedule.
The Vision for Excellence campaign builds on those previous efforts. At its launch during the university’s annual Scholarship Banquet, Dockery told the audience approximately $70 million of the $110 million goal already has been raised.
Dockery said the Vision for Excellence plan also identifies future expansion opportunities that will be needed by the year 2022 in order to achieve Union’s vision. These items are not included in the goals of Vision for Excellence, but might be moved forward if funding becomes available.
Those projects include a new Learning Center, an Art Village, an Athletic and Convocation Center, along with additions to existing Jennings Hall and a second phase for White Hall.
More information on Union 2010: A Vision for Excellence is available from the Office of University Relations at (800) 338-6644 or (731) 661-5050. The campaign web site address is www.uu.edu/Union2010.