Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Planning Campus Face-Lift; with $3M to Spend, It's School's Most Successful Fundraising Effort Ever

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

EWC Planning Campus Face-Lift; with $3M to Spend, It's School's Most Successful Fundraising Effort Ever

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Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks

After raising $3 million in seven months, Edward Waters College plans to spend a hefty amount beautifying its aging residence halls.

EWC President Nat Glover said $2 million came from community and alumni donations and an additional $1 million will come from the Michael and Kim Ward Foundation. The goal is to complete the campus renovations before school starts in the fall, although Glover acknowledged that not all projects will be finished in time.

"To my knowledge, this is the biggest, most successful fundraising effort in the college's history," Glover told a small group of EWC faculty, staff and alumni Tuesday. "We're renovating bathrooms, replacing appliances, installing new carpet, putting on new roofs and windows, addressing the heating and cooling in buildings and improving the security on and around campus."

More specifically, the college plans to spend:

- $875,000 for residence hall renovations, which includes new paint jobs.

- $700,000 for administration building renovations.

- $580,000 for academic buildings renovations, including the library and the chemistry laboratories.

- $525,000 for renovating the student union.

- $70,000 for the athletics complex.

- $250,000 in other repairs.

Michael Ward, president of CSX, called EWC "a vital institution in Jacksonville." With the upcoming renovations to the residence halls, Ward said students can focus on academics and "they'll learn more if they like the place they're living in."

"The new students are really going to like the new atmosphere," he said.

For a college with a typical, annual operating budget below $20 million - $17 million this upcoming year - a $3 million gift is significant. Glover told his audience Tuesday that about $1 million of the raised money has already been allocated to renovation projects. …

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