Methodist nears $35M fundraising goal

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FAYETTEVILLE — Methodist University recently announced a major gift from an alumnus that pushed the campaign over the $34 million mark — moving the university toward its campaign goal of $35 million.

So far, the campaign has raised a total of $34,161,424. The campaign is set to end in 2016.

Murray Duggins and his wife Nancy pledged $300,000 for Methodist’s Reeves Fine Arts Building to transform it into the Nancy and Murray Duggins Theatre, a venue for theatrical productions and performances.

Duggins is the owner and president of United Companies and graduated from the university in 1966. He has been a member of the board of trustees for the university and is a past winner of the Silver Spoon Award from the school’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Methodist University’s success continues to be the result of alumni and friends in this community and beyond who invest in the quality of programs and facilities for this and future generations,” said Methodist University President Ben Hancock. “We are so indebted to Nancy and Murray Duggins for their leadership support and dedication to our university.”

Within the last year, the university has achieved a record number of donations, totaling nearly $7 million, and received record rates of giving from university alumni.

“Our alumni across the country have given back to the University in record numbers this year, including the highest giving percentage and the highest number of gifts,” said Sandy Ammons, vice president for advancement and university relations. “We are also grateful for the support we have received from the local community for our Loyalty Campaign, when volunteers raised more than $175,000 for student scholarships.”

The new, $12 million Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building is under construction and expected to be completed in January. The 34,000-square-foot building will house the doctorate of Physical Therapy Program — the university’s first doctoral-level program which will begin this fall.

Another addition to the campus, the Armstrong Baseball Field House, was completed in July and a dedication is planned for the fall. The field house is named after George Armstrong, Methodist University class of 1968, and his wife Carolyn, both longtime supporters of the university.

The Campaign for Methodist University — Building Excellence is the largest fundraising initiative in Methodist University’s history. Not only will it fund academic and athletic facilities, it will also provide money for scholarships, endowed faculty positions, academic programs and campus life enhancements.

The capital projects in the campaign include: The Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building; John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building Renovation; Sharon and Ron Matthews World Ministry Center; Linda and Ralph Huff Concert Hall; Student Union and Berns Center Renovation and Expansion; and improved athletic facilities, including golf, baseball, softball, soccer, football, track and field and lacrosse.

For information on the Campaign for Methodist University, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 910-630-7200 or log on to

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