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McMurry University Board of Trustees approve additional funding for “Shaping the Future” Capital Campaign

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations



ABILENE, Texas – The McMurry University Board of Trustees approved $10.75 million in capital projects as part of the University’s “Shaping the Future” Capital Campaign during their fall meeting on Oct. 16. The Board approved a $250,000 architectural and engineering study to advance the $2.5 million renovation to modernize and expand instruction and lab space in the Finch-Gray Science Building. Renovation on the building is expected to begin in the summer of 2010. The Board approved $800,000 for architectural and engineering studies for an $8 million renovation of McMurry’s Old Main, the only original campus building still in use. The funds will be used to modernize and expand classrooms and faculty offices, restore the original auditorium and add an elevator and other features to address ADA accessibility issues. The project is expected to begin in 2011. The Board also approved $255,000 in funding to replace the roof on Radford Auditorium. The project will start immediately and is expected to be completed this winter. The Shaping the Future campaign has already resulted in facilities improvements that include the $1.8 million Furr Welcome Center, the $2.25 million Bynum Band Hall renovation and $1.5 million in improvements to athletic facilities. “These ongoing projects as part of our Shaping the Future Capital Campaign reflect the Board of Trustees’ determination to provide the best in facilities for our students and faculty,” said McMurry University President Dr. John Russell. “We are proud of the support shown by the Board as well as our alumni, friends and the Abilene community during these difficult economic times.”

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