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Abilene Christian University to raise $250 million for widespread improvements

The Texas university's Higher Ground fundraising campaign aims to improve programs and facilities over the next three years

Abilene Christian University has announced a $250 million Higher Ground fundraising campaign to improve its programs and facilities over the next three years.

Through the campaign, the Texas university, which is associated with Churches of Christ, will “strengthen and elevate its academic profile” and “enhance and increase transformational experiences,” ACU said in a press release.

These measures include a focus on maintaining strong faculty and research programs, decreasing financial barriers for students, updating academic facilities along with residence halls and community spaces, creating more opportunities for spiritual formation and fostering diversity and inclusion.

ACU President Phil Schubert said in his announcement at the annual president’s donor event that $167.5 million had already been raised in the campaign’s private phase, and many improvement projects are underway.

“We will reach greater heights from a position of strength as we equip students to discover their created purpose and embrace their place in God’s story,” Schubert said.

Among the current projects are renovations to Moody Coliseum, Freshman Village, Cullen Auditorium and Mabee Business Building, as well as the construction of a new Science and Engineering Research Center.

Donors have also committed $37.2 million to create 100 new endowments for ACU, including scholarships, chairs and library collections.

“Our increased visibility as an emerging national university presents an opportunity for ACU to reach even higher ground through these campaign priorities,” said Dan Macaluso, VP for advancement. “Thanks to bold and faithful leadership, the generosity of the ACU community and God’s providence, we are uniquely positioned to become one of the nation’s premier Christian universities.”

For more information about the campaign, visit ACU’s website.

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