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BPC capital campaign receives $50,000 grant
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College received a $50,000 grant from an anonymous foundation July 25. The grant will help finance an addition to the college’s Miller Music Building and the renovation of McAllister Hall, the college’s largest female residence facility.
The renovations and additions are part of a $2.5 million capital campaign, which was approved by the BPC Board of Trustees during their general meeting in April. The campaign is targeted at upgrading existing buildings with the goal of increasing enrollment levels and improving academic programs. At present, the college has raised over $1 million in its $2.5 million campaign.
“Through the years, many philanthropic sources have helped BPC to provide our students and faculty the resources that allow us to pursue excellence,” said Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College. “We are all delighted in the confidence this donor in particular has shown in us.”
The annex to the Miller Music Building, named for Hildegard Stanley, former chair of BPC’s Division of Music, will roughly double the college’s available space for its nationally-accredited music programs, and entice promising musicians to the Mount Vernon campus. The cost of the proposed 8,500-square foot music annex is $1 million.
McAllister Hall is the largest female residence hall on main campus—and the oldest. It was built in 1949 and, despite yearly maintenance and improvement, a design overhaul is now necessary. Most freshmen female students, as well as some female upperclassmen, reside there. It is annually one of the first residence halls on campus to reach maximum capacity.
The $1.5 million, full renovation includes new furnishings, replacement of all electrical and plumbing systems, new doors and windows, as well as new room design. Renovation can be completed during a three-month summer period.
Brewton-Parker College offers undergraduate degrees in seven academic divisions and enrolls over 1,200 students at the main campus and its six satellite campuses in Savannah, Norman Park, Newnan, Hinesville, Glennville and Baxley. It is the only independent four-year college in rural South Georgia.