GU Trustees Approve Construction of Jesuit Residence and Center for Athletic Achievement
July 19, 2016 Release courtesy of Gonzaga University News Service.
SPOKANE, Wash. – In a resounding affirmation of the continuing success of its $250 million Gonzaga Will capital campaign, the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees has approved the investment of more than $36.3 million to construct a new Jesuit Residence, a home and spiritual haven for Jesuits, and the Center for Athletic Achievement to support student-athletes.
“The approved construction of these two building projects constitutes a major milestone moment for the University and confirms the success of the Gonzaga Will campaign and its objectives – the most prominent of which involve increasing scholarship support for students,” said Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh following the board’s July 15 approval. “The other campaign priorities underscore Gonzaga’s commitment to develop leaders prepared to shape their communities and professions for the common good through a focus on academic innovation, global engagement and community-building.”
When President McCulloh announced the launch of the Gonzaga Will campaign last October, he thanked the unprecedented generosity of more than 23,000 supporters for the $183 million that had been raised at that time, which included an extraordinary $55 million bequest from the late Miss Myrtle Woldson, a Spokane resident and lifelong community philanthropist. Woldson directed $30 million to design and build the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga and $25 million to establish a transformational scholarship fund to help ensure access to a Gonzaga education for talented, high-financial-need students.
In addition to the Jesuit House and Center for Athletic Achievement, fundraising efforts are underway for a proposed Interdepartmental Sciences and Engineering facility. To meet growing student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, a state-of-the-art facility will prepare the next generation of innovators, attract top-notch faculty and conduct industry-leading research.
At the trustees’ meeting, President McCulloh also shared that the campaign has surpassed $212 million and expressed deep appreciation for the exceptional benefaction of more than 30,000 contributors to the campaign.
“This is Gonzaga Will in action. We are 85 percent toward our campaign goal. On behalf of everyone at Gonzaga, I would like to express profound gratitude to all those whose commitment is making our institution a place of creativity, innovation and inspiration,” President McCulloh said.
The Jesuit Residence
Center for Athletic Achievement
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