“I’m happy to announce that Richard and Leslie Gilliam of Charlottesville, Va., are making the largest single gift ever received by Milligan,” Greer said. “They have committed over $4.7 million toward the site preparation and construction of the housing village. This is a project that I believe will transform the campus and, in turn, will have a tremendous impact on the student experience at Milligan.”
The housing village will consist of 12 residence halls, each containing space for 20 students. In addition, the village will include an intramural field and common spaces for fellowship and study.
The first phase of the plan is to construct five of the residence halls over the next year and a half, with the first units being available in time for the fall of 2013.
The new housing will allow Milligan to keep up with its significant growth while maintaining its close-knit campus community. Since 2002, enrollment has grown from 843 to 1,208 in 2011. As a result, the college has reached the point of maximum capacity in its residence halls. This new housing village will be the first new student housing on campus in nearly 25 years.
The Gilliams also donated the funds for the construction of Milligan’s Gilliam Wellness Center, and they support an endowed scholarship in memory of Richard’s father, Marvin, who was a 1938 graduate of Milligan.
“We are deeply grateful for the Gilliam family’s continued investment in Milligan College and Christian higher education,” Greer said.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-447-5922.