Methodist University to Hold Campaign Celebration Oct. 20

Methodist University will celebrate the official end of the Campaign for Methodist University – Building Excellence from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 20, 2016. The celebration will be held in the new Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building.

The largest fundraising initiative in the University’s history, the campaign surpassed its $35 million goal. President Ben Hancock will announce the final campaign total at the celebration.

The campaign raised money for scholarships, endowed faculty positions, academic programs, campus life enhancements, new and renovated academic buildings, and expanded athletic facilities. The capital projects in the campaign include:

  • The Professional Nursing Building (Dedicated Dec. 6, 2012)
  • Armstrong Baseball Fieldhouse (Dedicated Nov. 14, 2015)
  • The Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building (Dedicated Oct. 20, 2016)
  • Sharon and Ron Matthews Ministry Center (Groundbreaking 2016)
  • Gene Clayton Tennis Center (Groundbreaking 2016)
  • John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building Renovation
  • Linda and Ralph Huff Concert Hall
  • Nancy and Murray Duggins Theatre
  • Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery
  • Student Union and Berns Center Renovation and Expansion
  • New Football, Track and Field, and Lacrosse Stadium
  • Soccer Facility Renovation and Expansion
  • Golf Facilities Expansion and the Golf Education Center
  • Price Softball Fieldhouse

The Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building will also be formally dedicated at the event. The event will include remarks from University trustees and administrators, Student Government Association President Jason Sparrow, and Thomas R. and Elizabeth E. McLean Foundation President Jennifer Cleveland Elam. The McLean Foundation provided the naming gift for the Health Sciences Building.

The McLean Building is home to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which admitted the first students in the fall of 2015 and is the first doctoral-level program for the University. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is slated to begin in fall of 2018 and will also be located in the Health Sciences Building.

The campaign broke many University records, with 4,467 individual donors contributing 19,199 donations.

Other completed projects include the Armstrong Baseball Fieldhouse, which was dedicated on Nov. 14, 2015. Phase 1 of the football campaign was completed in 2015 with the renovation of the weight room and Phase 2 was recently completed over the summer with the locker room addition.

The next projects to begin will be the Gene Clayton Tennis Center, the Sharon and Ron Matthews Ministry Center, the Union Zukowski Lobby and Gallery, and Phase 1 of the Soccer Complex. The University plans to break ground on these projects this year.

In addition to bricks and mortar, the campaign also raised money for endowment and operating funds. Many of the goals included in the campaign were related to the Master Plan, a comprehensive 20-year guide for campus growth and development approved in 2012, the first of its kind for the University.

For more information on the Campaign for Methodist University – Building Excellence, contact the Advancement Office at 910.630.7609 and visit