Belton, Texas – When the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor opens in a few weeks, it will be debt free. This was made possible by a $5 million challenge grant from an anonymous donor and the generosity of UMHB alumni, friends, faculty and staff who matched the grant with $5 million in gifts.
“When we received the challenge grant, we were about halfway to our goal of funding the $20 million project,” said Dr. Rebecca O’Banion, vice president for development. “The challenge grant generated a lot of excitement among UMHB’s donors, and we are truly blessed that so many people invested in this beautiful new facility.”
“This is the final project in the bold $100 million Campus Master Plan approved by our Board of Trustees in February 2011,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, university president. “Once again donors have stepped forward to ensure UMHB continues to offer the finest in Christian higher education. This state-of-the-art facility will significantly enhance our students’ opportunities to experience and participate in the performing arts. Every space was strategically designed to provide for both teaching as well as performance needs.”