Randolph-Macon College recently celebrated the success of Building Extraordinary, the most ambitious campaign in the College’s History. The generosity of alumni and friends resulted in $125 million in gifts, exceeding the original campaign goal by $25 million. Here’s a look at some of these successes.
A priority of the campaign was to grow the College’s endowment. The number of new endowed scholarships that were created or enhanced reached 160, totaling gift commitments of $15.5 million. Five new professorships were established and two were increased to support the College’s extraordinary teacher-scholars.
Gift commitments of $52.5 million transformed the campus with the construction of the Janet Harvey Trivette ’78 Walkway, Andrews Hall, Brock Commons, Birdsong Hall, the John B. Werner Library Pavilion and a new Theta Chi House. In addition, Fox Hall and Haley Hall were renovated, and the College acquired Dalton House, a home for alumni.
Gifts are being used to enhance academic programs and support faculty. Examples include the Wornom-Rippe Faculty Endowment to support costs associated with attracting and recruiting outstanding new faculty, and the support of a new engineering physics major. Other new academic majors include: behavioral neuroscience, communication studies, archaeology, Asian studies, and a separate business major.
On May 2, 2016, the College began construction on a new $17.5 million science building and observatory. Additionally, alumni and friends gave $4.7 million to renovate and upgrade Copley Science Center and Smithey Hall. The College expects to complete the new science building by summer 2017.
Twenty-five million dollars of campaign funds are being used to support current and ongoing academic and co-curricular programs. Gifts for The Edge, the College’s four-year career program, have been instrumental in the growth of this program and increasing opportunities for students as they prepare for careers or graduate school.
Randolph-Macon received a transformational gift of $3.5 million to establish the Wornom Pre-Med Fellows, a program offering full-tuition scholarships and opportunities for preferred entrance to medical school to bright, deserving students.
The Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park, Banks tennis Center, Staub Athletic training Center, Anderson Soccer Field Pavilion and the relocation of Smith Street were all made possible by generous donors in support of student-athletes and the athletics program. Moreover, Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Jr. ’62 and his wife, Ann Allen, gave $1 million to create the Randolph-Macon College Athletic endowment, which inspired others to create 11 additional athletic endowments.