Newman University announces $8.2M in anonymous gifts

Newman University has announced three anonymous gifts which provide a major segment of funds raised thus far for a capital campaign to upgrade existing health science facilities and to build the Bishop Gerber Science Center.

A $5 million anonymous gift from a couple, a $2.2 million gift from a former Wichita businessman living in Texas and a $1 million anonymous donation from a local company have helped the campaign raise nearly $25 million to date.

President Carrocci addresses audience during Facing Fowrard event Feb. 6.

President Carrocci addresses audience during Facing Forward event Feb. 6.

The campaign, called Facing Forward - A Campaign for Newman University, announced at a Feb. 6 banquet by Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., is a $30 million effort to build a new 51,400 square foot science building, renovate the existing Eck Hall on the Newman campus, and provide for student scholarships and the university’s endowment.

“We are pleased to announce these gifts. Everyone associated with Newman and the campaign feels blessed by the support of these donors. These families and this organization have helped our campaign take off and we truly appreciate their generosity,” Carrocci said. “We thank these donors for their financial support and belief that this project is not only important to Newman, but the greater community.”

“These gifts are transformational. It’s a major portion, nearly a third, of the amount we need to raise for the new Bishop Gerber Science Center, renovations and support of our students through the Newman Fund and our endowment,” Vice President for Advancement J.V. Johnston said.

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