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Milligan receives another $1M gift to bolster science programs

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Feb. 6, 2015) —An anonymous donation to Milligan College will bolster funding and infrastructure improvements for the college’s science program and also help lay the groundwork for the launch of its engineering program in fall 2016.

This generous donation comes on the heels of another $1 million dollar donation in November 2014 when Milligan received a lead gift for the engineering program from Ruth Myers of Cincinnati, Ohio.

This gift will allow for the renovation of the college’s science building and expand the college’s endowment to support the increased demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) discipline graduates.

A portion of this $1 million donation also will provide program development funds and help with the construction of four project and demonstration labs for mechanical and electrical engineering, majors that represent 35 percent of the total engineering graduates in the United States. The labs will be built in the lower level of the B.D. Phillips Memorial Building located on the campus of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, scheduled to become part of Milligan College this summer.

“We are grateful for these friends who have demonstrated their passion for Milligan’s strong liberal arts curriculum by supporting Milligan’s efforts to strengthen the college’s STEM disciplines,” said President Dr. Bill Greer. “When it launches in fall 2016, the engineering program will meet yet another global and social need, preparing well-rounded engineers, with a heart to serve, for leadership and innovation in all sectors of the economy. This gift also helps build the foundation upon which we hope to launch a physician assistant program in 2017.”

The alumni donors, a husband and wife who have a longstanding relationship with the college, wish to remain anonymous; however, they hope their gift will challenge other alumni and friends of the college to support scholarships through the Milligan Fund. A portion of the donors’ gift will serve to kick off the college’s planned “Buffalo Drive,” a one-day fundraising initiative on April 30.

“It is rare that a college receives a $1 million dollar gift, and even rarer to have received two such gifts in a short period,” said Greer. “These donors want to see Milligan grow and meet the world’s ever-changing needs as we approach our sesquicentennial in 2016 and beyond.”

As part of Milligan’s recently launched $40 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Forward Ever,” donations contribute to the college’s overall goal of improving physical infrastructure and adding new academic and spiritual programs.

For more information on Milligan’s engineering program, visit www.milligan.edu/engineering.


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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