Wayland Launches Impact 2020 Capital Campaign
September 5, 2018
Wayland Baptist University has embarked on its most ambitious capital campaign in school history. Impact 2020 will raise $30 million for student scholarships and campus improvements. The university has been working on the silent portion of the campaign and has already raised more than $15 million toward the total goal.
On Sept. 3, the public portion of the campaign rolled out with a digital road trip online, stopping in various locations across the country. The digital tour encourages alumni, friends and donors in a number of cities to log onto a website where they can watch a short video about the campaign efforts, register their information, make a donation and receive a breakfast coupon. The virtual road trip will continue throughout the month of September. The final leg of the tour will be live in Plainview on Sept. 28.
There are four primary goals for the campaign: Promoting Wayland across the nation, increasing scholarship support, making significant updates to Gates Hall and the math and science building, and building a new athletic training facility to accommodate WBU’s student athletes.
The first objective of the campaign deals directly with Wayland’s 13 campus locations across the nation. As a private, Christian university, Wayland does not receive state funding. Through campaign efforts, Wayland will strengthen relationships with donors and alumni of the various campuses. Donations to this portion of the campaign will directly affect specific campus locations, helping with operational costs and areas that each campus specifies as its greatest need.
The second objective of the campaign deals directly with increasing scholarships throughout the Wayland system. Impact 2020 will add an additional $5.5 million in scholarships that will benefit students at all campus locations.
The third objective will focus on two areas of need for the Plainview campus by restoring parts of Gates Hall and renovating the Moody Science Building. As the oldest building on the Wayland campus, Gates Hall has seen a lot of wear in the 107 years since its opening in 1911. A portion of the money raised will restore it in preparation for another 100 years. Math and science students at Wayland are doing amazing things in their fields of study, and need an equally amazing space in which to work. Wayland has already received a $2 million pledge toward the $5 million renovation goal for the math and science building.
The final objective is to build a new, state-of-the-art athletic training facility for student athletes. In 2017-18, Wayland had its most successful year in school history. Athletes won national titles in men’s and women’s track and field, men’s soccer and women’s wrestling. The new, 10,000 square foot facility will include new strength and conditioning equipment, an indoor sprint track and locker room facilities. The $2.5 million facility will directly impact more than 500 student athletes each year as they prepare to compete on the national stage.
Founded in 1908, Wayland Baptist University is a Christian, liberal-arts university located in Plainview, Texas, with additional campus locations in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Altus, Okla.; Clovis and Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Mililani, Hawaii; and the African nation of Kenya.