Beyond Strong | The Campaign for Meredith was the largest fundraising effort in the history of Meredith College raising $90,466,720. Major facilities growth took place during the six year campaign, and it remains clear that this is an area of continued focus. The remodeling of Johnson Hall and the establishment of the Jo Ellen Ammons Welcome Center and the Bobbitt Clay Williams Executive Suite, the Lowery Fitness Center, and the Elizabeth Triplett Beam Fountain Plaza are signs that the Meredith community supports facilities on campus.
The beauty and condition of Meredith’s historic campus create an impression of the College’s quality. After all, prospective students see these spaces when they come for a visit and current students, faculty, and staff teach, learn, and work in these spaces each day.
The success of Meredith students depends on providing them with cutting edge classrooms and labs as well as residence halls, dining facilities, and exercise spaces that enhance their well-being and nurture their continued growth.
Several new and exciting spaces and facility initiatives are in various stages of planning and completion in multiple areas across campus. From the new academic building that will house communication and exercise sports science, two fast-growing programs; to renovations of Jones Chapel, built in the early 1980s; from restoration of the Meredith Lake to its former beauty; to completion of elements of the athletic turf field near the entrance to campus – the focus on high-quality facilities is clear.
Fundraising for facility initiatives happens when the College identifies needs for renovations or new buildings. Successful facilities initiatives require stages of planning and development that include prioritizing campus needs, concept, design, use of space, funding, naming of space, and building or remodeling to satisfy essential elements. Most, if not all, of these building initiatives will be undertaken as funding becomes available.
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There are spaces on campus that have yet to be named, giving many opportunities to honor or memorialize someone meaningful in your life. The College provides thoughtful guidelines for helping donors make decisions that best fit their wishes and highlight an area that is important to them.
Along with scholarships, our next most frequently named opportunities are for facilities. The College has also identified many categories of naming that range from signature programs to Schools, from academic spaces, partnerships, and programs, to operational endowments. These range in value from $10 million to $25,000 with many categories in between. Gifts that name these initiatives give the College the resources it needs to keep campus facilities going strong.
Consider a gift to name a classroom that meant something to you or a program that influenced your life. Were you an athlete at Meredith and want to show your appreciation for your coaches and teammates? Think about parts of campus that make you feel like you are home. Are there spaces on campus that have significant meaning to you?
View meredith.edu/campus-growth to see the most recent information about the new academic building and past renovations. Contact Cindy Godwin, associate vice president of institutional advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 760-8206 to learn more.