Belton, Texas – Officials at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced today that a donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, has offered a substantial challenge grant to help fund the construction of a new nursing education center for the campus. The challenge specifies that, to receive the grant, the cost of the center must not exceed $20 million, and the university must raise all funds for the facility through gifts and grants by December 31, 2012.
“The UMHB Board of Trustees approved a bold, $100 million Campus Master Plan during its February 2011 meeting,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, university president. “We knew that substantial leadership gifts would have to be raised for us to be successful and to meet our aggressive timelines for the projects.”
“This generous donor has pledged the largest challenge grant in the history of UMHB,” O’Rear continued. “Meeting the terms of this challenge will enable our $20 million nursing facility to be funded debt free. We are excited about this opportunity and optimistic that we can meet this challenge by the end of next year.”
The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will offer 76,100 square feet of space for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing. The building will feature state-of-the-art simulation centers, where students will practice their clinical nursing skills, and high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education. The facility will be constructed at 409 West 9th Avenue, across the street from the university’s York Science Center.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the nursing education center is planned for Friday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. Construction on the project will commence soon thereafter, and plans call for the facility to be completed in December 2012.