$1 million gift jump-starts Vision 2020
October 08, 2008

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A million-dollar challenge gift will allow Bryan College to break ground on its new entrance in January 2009, and aggressively pursue other projects in its Vision 2020 campus development plan.Architect's rendering of the new entrance.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay announced Wednesday (Oct. 8) that alumnus Brett Landes, a Dallas, Texas, businessman, pledged the money during his visit to campus for homecoming Oct. 3-5.

The new entrance will link the Bryan campus to U.S. 27 about a half mile north of the U.S. 27-State Route 30 intersection. The college already has purchased the needed property and secured the required federal and state permits for the entrance.

Dr. Livesay said the new entrance will create a first impression of the college that will “match the reality of our great school, it will make a major contribution to our community and it will enhance the educational experience for our students. The new entrance will attract more friends to come alongside and help us to expand our majors, provide more faculty and provide better facilities and more opportunities for our students.”

Vision 2020 includes plans for construction of buildings to house the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice, a performing arts theatre, an athletics and convention center and administrative facilities on the western side of the campus which will be opened for development with completion of the entrance.

“We desire the very best for our students,” Dr. Livesay said. “Additional facilities will provide opportunities for greater research, symposia and athletic events, for programs providing new internships and for opportunities leading to more international experiences.”

Mr. Landes is a 1982 business administration graduate who was inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame during homecoming. Mr. Landes said of his time at Bryan, “When you bring it down to a simple level—that is, where does it all begin, where do you get your founding, your basis, what really makes you who you are? You begin to realize there are things in life more important—far more important than material things. I’m very appreciative of the education and the grounding I got here, and all the relationships.”

Dr. Livesay said the college would hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the construction project in January, and a second on April 17, when former presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson visits Bryan for a lecture. The project is expected to be completed by the time school opens in August, with a dedication service planned for homecoming in October 2009.