Huntingdon trustees launch "Huntingdon Tomorrow" Campaign
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today that the Huntingdon Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to launch the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, a seven-year set of initiatives that is projected to grow the College's full-time day student population to 1000 students. The $16.5 million campaign begins immediately.
The Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign puts in place a number of academic, arts, athletic, and student life programs and facilities during a seven-year period. Each initiative is expected to generate new enrollments of full-time day students or to support enrollments by other initiatives. Campaign components include:
- The reintroduction of majors in dance and theater;
- The construction of dance performance and studio space in Roland Student Center;
- The renovation of the Cloverdale Auditorium to provide performance space for the theater program;
- The addition of men's lacrosse and women's track and field in the fall of 2011 and women's lacrosse and men's track and field in the fall of 2012;
- The enlargement and resurfacing of Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium with prescription turf during summer 2011, enabling the stadium to serve as a multi-purpose athletic facility; and the addition of a track around the perimeter of the new field in 2013;
- The renovation and expansion of the College's tennis courts in summer 2011, providing modern facilities for intercollegiate play;
- The renovation of Hanson Hall, a residential facility designed by the architect Frank Lockwood and constructed in 1924, once the most popular residential facility on campus;
- The renovation of Pratt Hall, built in 1912, into a student center, housing offices for student clubs and organizations and Student Life staff members, as well as Campus Ministries and service-learning programs; and
- The construction of a natatorium adjacent to the Will and Kelly Wilson Community and Athletic Center on the College's Cloverdale Campus, enabling the College to add swimming as an intercollegiate sport and to serve the Cloverdale neighborhood.
The programs are expected to generate 180 new enrollments. A lead campaign gift from Huntingdon friend George Gibbs is providing for reconstruction and expansion of the existing tennis facilities, which will be named in honor of the Gibbs family. Mr. Gibbs' donation will also provide for an arched entrance to the campus from Narrow Lane Road.
West was pleased with the board's vote, which followed months of planning by the Huntingdon administration and Huntingdon Tomorrow Task Force trustee members David Hudson (Tuscaloosa), Betty McMahon (Birmingham), and Laurie Jean Weil, Ken Upchurch, John Albritton, Dave Borden, and Will Wilson, all of Montgomery. "These Huntingdon Tomorrow initiatives meet the needs of students today; grow the enrollment with programs rooted in our core values of faith, wisdom, and service; and continue Huntingdon's reputation for providing a quality student-centered liberal arts experience," said West.
Huntingdon Tomorrow initiatives follow precedents set by other similar projects, such as the addition of football, cross country, and marching band and the implementation of the Adult Degree Completion Program and of traditional undergraduate majors in religion, elementary education, accounting, Christian education, music education, and physical education, which have contributed to an overall Huntingdon enrollment growth of 90% and a 58% increase in full-time day students since 2003. Major building projects since 2003 supporting these enrollment increases include the construction of W. James Samford Jr. Stadium; complete renovations of Bellingrath Hall, Ligon Hall, Seay Twins Art Gallery, and Roland Arena; and the establishment of the Weil Center and the Wilson Center on the Cloverdale Campus.
"The Huntingdon Tomorrow initiatives will help Huntingdon continue a forward trajectory," said West. "This is a campaign that provides a number of naming opportunities for donors, and one that will not only improve the Huntingdon educational experience, but also the quality of life for our neighbors in the surrounding communities."
"This is an exciting time for Huntingdon College," said trustee chairman David Hudson, a member of the Huntingdon Class of 1981. "Many [trustees] had the good fortune to go to school here—in an atmosphere where the values of faith, wisdom, and service are lived out every single day. I would not trade my own experiences for anything. ... Now we have the tremendous privilege to chart the way for Huntingdon Tomorrow."
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. A coeducational liberal arts college, Huntingdon's motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."
For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.