Asbury University Launches Capital Campaign
June 24, 2016
Ignited Campaign Video
Launch Event Video
WILMORE, Ky. — On Saturday night, before hundreds of Reunion guests in Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University President Sandra C. Gray announced the public launch of “Ignited: the Campaign for Asbury University.”
With an ambitious goal of $62 million, Ignited, the most comprehensive capital campaign in Asbury’s history, will significantly increase funding for student scholarships, new and enhanced facilities, faculty development, academic programs, the student experience and much more.
“God has prepared Asbury University for ‘such a time as this,’” Gray said. “Through Ignited, we have embraced the bold vision He has for us — equipping our students to impact the world in every field of calling. Ignited powerfully supports Asbury’s mission, and we are stepping out with full faith in God’s provision.”
The priorities of Ignited fall under three categories: Facilities, Scholarships and Experience. Within each of these categories, there are more specific opportunities to give. Featured initiatives of Ignited include Student Scholarships, the Collaborative Learning Center and the Student Center Revitalization project. For an interactive presentation of campaign priorities and vision, visit the campaign website at asbury.edu/ignited.
“Ignited powerfully supports Asbury’s mission, and we are stepping out with full faith in God’s provision.”
— Dr. Sandra C. Gray President, Asbury University
To be completed during a four-year public phase, the campaign has already been through a quiet phase under the direction of a steering committee led by alumni Greg Isaacs ’83 and Walt ‘63 and Rowena ‘63 Shaw. To date, campaign commitments total $39,451,551, 63.6 percent of the $62 million goal.
“You can see God’s timing in the common purpose and vision of people coming behind Dr. Gray to support Ignited,” said Isaacs. “An Asbury education speaks volumes into the current culture, and Ignited furthers our mission of graduating students equipped to make an impact through academic excellence and spiritual vitality.”
For alumnus and campaign steering committee member Steve Behnke ’94, Ignited is an opportunity for alumni to increase their support for current students, fulfilling a crucial role.
“It’s important for alumni to be the conduit of God’s love for students in a difficult world,” Behnke said. “We want to open doors in whatever way we can, whether that’s through scholarships, internships, job opportunities or something else. It’s our job to be path builders for those coming behind us, so that Asbury students today can do the same for the students of the future.”
During Saturday’s celebration, Gray also highlighted three special campaign initiatives, each honoring individuals who have served Asbury with outstanding faithfulness and dedication.
A group of Asbury alumni, led by Jeff Stryker ’87, are spearheading an effort to raise $2.5 million to secure the naming of the atrium in Asbury’s planned Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) in honor of former Asbury Professor Don Winslow ’65. Supporting the naming effort, an Asbury alumnus and his wife have offered $500,000 as a challenge grant that will add 25 percent to every dollar pledged to the effort.
Another effort, led by The Salvation Army, will raise $3 million to name the revitalized Student Center (a $5 million project) in honor of General Paul Rader ’56 (Ret.) and Commissioner Kay Fuller ’57 Rader. In addition to the Raders’ service as the worldwide leaders of The Salvation Army, Paul Rader served as President of Asbury University from 2000-07.
Former Asbury faculty members Alan ’60 (Psychology) and Yvonne Cochran ’58 Moulton (English) will also be honored by a $2.5 million initiative. One portion will go to name an entryway of the Student Center in their honor, creating an area at the juncture of the Student Center and Reasoner Green that will be known as Moulton Commons. Another portion of the funds will fall under Student Scholarships, creating the Al and Yvonne Moulton Endowed Scholarship Fund for psychology majors.
“We are thrilled to share the full scope of Ignited: the Campaign for Asbury University,” said Charlie Shepard ’99, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Asbury. “Encompassing facilities, scholarships, faculty support and the student experience, Ignited has the power to spark new growth at Asbury and to embolden the pursuit of our continuing mission. We can’t wait to see what God has in store over the next four years, and we invite you to partner with us.”
To watch videos, contact us and learn more about Ignited, visit asbury.edu/Ignited