Southwest Baptist University alumni and supporters have raised nearly $2 million of the estimated $2.7 million needed to renovate the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms for the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science, as well as the department of history and political science.
The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has partnered with SBU in this project by issuing a challenge grant to supply the remaining $500,000 of the $2.7 million needed for the project if gifts and pledges can be secured totaling $2.2 million.
“The Mabee Foundation has consistently supported Southwest Baptist University and our commitment to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Their support and that of SBU alumni and friends will help provide excellent new facilities for faculty, staff and students in business, accounting, computer science, history and political science.”
The project is necessitated by steady enrollment growth in business, accounting and computer science and the reinstatement of the master of business administration program. Improvements will include remodeled existing facilities and new offices, classrooms, and study areas with updated technology.
For more information about the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU, contact Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college, at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.
For more information about the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center expansion and renovation, please visit www.SBUniv.edu/TaylorExpansion.