Belton, Texas -University of Mary Hardin-Baylor officials announced today they have received a $1 million gift from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation.
The gift is a lead gift for improving campus facilities for art and music at the university. Trustees for the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation announced in August their decision to give UMHB $1 million over the next three years to expand and renovate campus facilities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
"We are delighted that the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has stepped forward to take the lead on this important new project," said President Randy O'Rear. "We have been blessed by our relationship with the Baugh family for many years, and we are gratified that their interest in the fine arts, and their commitment to Baptist higher education have led to this wonderful gift for UMHB."
The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation was established in 1995 by John F. Baugh and his wife, Eula Mae, to continue their philanthropic efforts beyond their own lifetimes. Baugh was the co-founder of Sysco Corporation, which he developed into the world's largest food service company. The Baughs were well known for their generous support of higher education and Texas Baptist causes. Today their daughter, Babs Baugh, serves as president of the foundation and has continued their legacy of supporting Baptist programs and institutions.
The Baugh gift is the first step toward an expansion of visual and performing arts facilities on the campus. For many years, the art and music programs have been housed in Presser Hall, a 34,000-square-foot building which was constructed in 1929. Growth in the university's enrollment, particularly in the art and music programs, has created a need for additional instructional and performance areas. A facility planning team is currently studying how renovations and new construction can be incorporated to provide the facilities needed for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.