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Milligan celebrates successful campaign

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Oct. 26, 2006) — Five years ago, Milligan College launched the largest capital campaign in the college’s history. At a celebration banquet tonight, Oct. 26, the college will celebrate the successful conclusion of the $30 million Campaign for Christian Leadership with its alumni, board, and donors.

The comprehensive campaign provided more than 50 new student scholarships and endowed funds, strengthened the endowment, led to facility improvements or additions to more than a dozen campus buildings, and saw the development of nearly two dozen new academic and student life initiatives.

“During the past five years, we have seen amazing things happen and can sharestory after story of students and individuals whose lives have been touched,”saidMilligan College President Donald R. Jeanes. “We’ve been blessed by the response and encouragement of our alumni and friends.”

J eanes said that several students andfaculty will speak at tonight’s banquet about the impact the campaign has had ontheir lives and experiences at Milligan.

More than 2,000 new donors joined the nearly 7,000 who gave to the campaign over its five year period. The college also saw record high participation from its alumni, placing the college among the highest in alumni giving percentages at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

During the five year campaign, Derthick Hall, the Baker Faculty Office Center , McCown Business Offices, and the Taylor/Phillips House were completely renovated. The Mary Sword Commons was created, a new maintenance building and the Paul Clark Teacher Education Center were constructed, the Mathes Tennis Center was dedicated, and the campus acreage expanded. Improvements were also made to Anglin Athletic Field, the McMahan Student Center, and the college’s residence halls.

The crowning point of the campaign was the groundbreaking for the new 30,000 square foot Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Liberal Arts Center , which will house a new theatre and fine arts facilities. The building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2007.

Academic and student life programs were also expanded, including the addition of an MBA program, the Institute for Servant Leadership, Student Success and Mentoring program, and Youth in Ministry. The Institute for Servant Leadership alone accounts for nearly two dozen new academic and spiritual life programs that have enhanced the college’s mission of educating servant-leaders.

Also during the campaign the college noted its highest student enrollment, with 964 students enrolled in 2005 and 952 in 2006. Plans continue for enhanced growth in coming years – both in students and in programs and facilities, explained Jeanes.

“We have an exciting vision, a critically needed mission, and a compelling storyto tell,”said Jeanes.“This Homecoming weekend will be filled with celebration and thanksgiving, even as we continue toward our annual scholarship funding needs and plans for the future.”

Jeanes saidthat the college held a campus celebration in April forfaculty, staff, and students.

“Everyone’s support was essential to the campaign’s success, from the $10 gift to the multi-million dollar gift,” said Jeanes. “It has been a group effort of sacrifice and commitment to a shared mission that we all recognize as extremely important in higher education, in our communities, and in our churches.”

F or more information, visit www.milligan.edu/advancement or call 800.447.5922.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university 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 University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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