Zaxby's Supports Asbury with Financial Gift
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University is pleased to announce that Zaxby’s, a casual dining restaurant chain based in Georgia, has donated $50,000 in support of the University’s Media Communication program.
Zaxby’s CFO Blake Bailey presented a check to Dr. Sandra Gray, President of Asbury University, and Dr. Jim Owens, Dean of the School of Communication Arts, on Friday. In honor of the gift, a multimedia classroom lab in Asbury’s Miller Center for Communication Arts, a $12.6-million dollar facility, will be named The Zaxby’s Multimedia Lab.
“We are honored to receive this generous gift from Zaxby’s and the Baileys,” Gray said. “We deeply appreciate ongoing contributions from alumni and their commitment to honor the Kingdom through media.”
The gift was the result of years of observation and first-hand experience of the impact of the Asbury communications programs in the lives of students and alumni, one of whom is Bailey’s wife, Shannon. As an Asbury student, Shannon learned principles of media production that she is currently passing along to middle- and high-school students at a Christian school near her home in Athens, Ga. In the process of sharing her technical knowledge, she also emphasizes a core value of the School of Communication Arts: earning the respect of the industry through excellence and high personal standards.
“The world needs to see excellence,” Blake Bailey said. “I think Asbury gets this, and it’s inspiring to me. When Asbury media students go on to jobs for the Olympics, ABC Sports or CNN, the media executives know Asbury students are going to be some of the best-trained high achievers with solid character. This is how great leaders begin, and this is one way to change the world in a profound way. Zaxby’s wants to give to programs that develop people into leaders.”
The Zaxby’s Multimedia Lab is not only a meeting place for classroom lectures, but also holds the technology to support student projects in film, web publishing, print journalism and photography.
“It’s exciting when alumni choose to invest back into the program,” Owens said. “Gifts like this enable Asbury to offer a higher level of quality in our facilities to better advance our students’ education.”
Space naming opportunities to support many of Asbury's world-class programs are still available, including spaces in the Miller Center and the Kirkland Complex. For more information, please contact Michael Burnight, Senior Leadership Gifts Officer, at (859) 858-3511, x2462.