For Immediate Release
May 19, 2017
Schreiner University officials announced Friday, May 19, the successful completion of the $50 million Fulfilling the Promise capital campaign started in 2012.
“For five years we have been immersed in a comprehensive campaign to elevate Schreiner to be known as a premier place of learning,” said Bill Harrison of San Antonio, chairman of the university’s board of trustees. “We have surpassed our $50 million goal and, as of today, I am pleased to announce we have raised $52,453,470.”
Funds from the campaign will be used in three areas: $14,097,053 will go for facilities; $8,708,237 will go toward programs and faculty and program supporting endowments; and $29,648,180 will be used for scholarships for our students.
Chancellor Tim Summerlin, under whose presidency the campaign started, said, “I am particularly gratified by our campaign's success to serve diverse needs. Our ability to have a comprehensive impact on student learning has been strengthened.”
He noted that substantial physical results of the effort are already in use, and others soon will be.
The campaign financed the construction of the $11 million Athletic and Event Center, which was dedicated in January 2015 and has been in use for NCAA DIII sports and large-scale events such as commencement. Also, the campus has been transformed through xeriscaping, especially evident in the Quad between the Weir Building and the Schreiner Diner.
In April the renovated Griffin Fine Arts Center, including the repurposed Summerlin Music Education Hall, were dedicated. Next fall, the Sam Junkin Campus Ministry Center, formerly Dietert Auditorium, will be ready for use.
Three new endowed chairs will be added in response to the campaign: the Sam Junkin Chair for of the Humanities, the Demmie Mayfield Chair of Mathematics and Sciences, and the Tim Summerlin Visiting Artist/Performer/Designer in Residence Chair.
Prior to the campaign, the university had no endowed chairs, which are key to helping Schreiner recruit and retain the best teachers.
While the largest portion of the campaign is earmarked for scholarships, Vice President for Advancement Mark Tuschak noted that raising funds for this financial aid is a never-ending process.
“Money for scholarships is Schreiner’s greatest need,” he said. “Most students receive scholarship aid. We provide more than $13 million a year in scholarships, and enrollment is steadily growing, topping 1,300 this year. We would need $260 million to fully endow the scholarships we award.”
“The campaign objectives have been met and exceeded through the incredible generosity of more than 3,600 donors,” said campaign chair Richard E. Cree, a 1967 Schreiner graduate and successful Dallas businessman. “Dr. Summerlin's bold vision of Schreiner's future was the driving force behind the largest and most comprehensive capital campaign in the University's history,” said Cree.
Speaking for the students, 2017-18 Student Government Association President Dalton Reid of Bulverde also thanked the donors, noting the wide impact the campaign already has and will have on those attending the university.
President Charlie McCormick spoke about how the campaign has set the foundation for Schreiner’s future as it nears its centennial in 2023.
“Future-work is some of the most difficult work of all,” he said. “It asks people to believe and to trust, even though the vision being pursued may not be realized until some distant time. But future-work—like the completion of this campaign—is precisely the work that provides a place like Schreiner the opportunity to be more than it is. Tomorrow will be an exciting moment to be at Schreiner because of the efforts of so many friends today.”
Among those friends are Chip and Jenny Chase of Kerrville. Their $3.29 million gift put the campaign over the top. Neither of the Chases attended Schreiner, but they have grown to appreciate its positive impacts on the area.
“I’ve been very impressed by everyone I’ve met who is associated with Schreiner,” said Chip Chase. “The energy and enthusiasm of the students adds a lot to the community.”
“When you make a donation, it’s not always easy to identify which donations will do the most good. But educating enthusiastic young people, and the works they will do in the future, pays some very big dividends,” he added
Schreiner University is an independent, baccalaureate and master's degree-granting university in Kerrville. Related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Schreiner welcomes students, faculty and staff from all faith, ethnic and economic backgrounds. For more information about Schreiner University, go to schreiner.edu.