LRU News

Lenoir-Rhyne’s future open to all

Wed Mar 19 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — In February of 2013, Lenoir-Rhyne University held a public announcement that it was entering the final phase of its University Rising campaign. At that time, the University announced having secured in pledges and gifts a total of $52 million. As of the end of February 2014, the University Rising Campaign has raised $56 million. “This is an exciting announcement for the committee and the University,” said Jerome Bolick, co-chair of the University Rising Campaign Committee. With the announcement of this milestone, the campaign thermometers around the campus and mobile campaign signs were adjusted to reflect this significant gain in funding.

The University Rising Campaign focuses on providing capital, operational and endowed resources that focus on transforming academic spaces, building faith and focusing on the spiritual, enhancing the student experience and meeting the rising costs of education. Visual successes include the Mortez Sports Athletic Complex, and the new Chapel. The non-visual impact can be found in the students who have benefited from scholarship assistance, which has enabled them to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

“This campaign encompasses a number of projects, but the final phase focuses on the renovation and expansion of the Minges Science Building,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “This new science complex becomes a vital link in the University’s commitment to make a difference in both the training of students in the sciences and graduating students who are prepared to deliver a higher standard of healthcare to the citizens of Western North Carolina and beyond.”

The Science Complex will be completed in two phases, the first being a 35,000-square-foot addition for $15 million and the second a renovation of the current Minges space.  The total renovation will more than double the present space and include close to 70,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and research spaces.  The new structure will be a state-of-the art teaching and learning facility that enhances collaborative exchange, provides dedicated laboratory spaces and includes expanded faculty office space.  The Science Complex will promote the latest techniques in science education, including team teaching and learning, and will encourage the growth of undergraduate research.  To date, the University has secured more than $7.5 million toward the $15 million needed for phase one.

The goal of the final phase now in progress, identified as “Take Charge of Tomorrow,” is to raise the remaining $9 million.  This slogan invites friends, constituents, and citizens of the greater Unifour area to own this exciting future.  In that regard, Mayor Rudy Wright stated, “It is plain to see that the City of Hickory and Lenoir-Rhyne University are at the leading edge of a major resurgence.”  He further stated, “The best news is that we are working together to ‘Take Charge’ of our own destinies.”

The University Rising Campaign will end December 31, 2014.  The Campaign Committee is working hard to inform friends of the University and those interested in making a difference in tomorrow.  Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President of Advancement at the University, indicated that “This is one of the most exciting times in the life of our region and the University.  The opportunity is extended to everyone to Take Charge of Tomorrow.”  For additional information and to find out the role you can play, contact Dr. Drew Van Horn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 828-328-7108 or and visit

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