Demolition Crews Busy at Site

March 3, 1999

While demolition crews raze a former school building to make way for the permanent campus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, university officials continue to make steady progress with planning and fund-raising efforts for the project.

"We have 150 students, 12 faculty members, alumni ministering in every time zone in the nation," said Dr. Brad Creed, dean of Truett Seminary. "What we don't have is a facility for this thriving seminary. Our values of community will be reflected in this building."

The new campus, to be erected at Third Street and Dutton Avenue, west of Moody Library, will include classrooms, faculty and administration offices, a student life suite, a prayer room, teaching chapel, community spaces, a Great Hall and a 550-seat chapel. The proposed chapel spire, towering at more than 100 feet, will be visible from Interstate 35 and will add a new dimension to the Baylor skyline.

The official campaign to fund construction of the multiphased project kicked off at the Friends of Truett Dinner, held at the Baptist General Convention of Texas last November.

The largest gift received to date is the $5 million lead gift given by John and Eula Mae Baugh of Houston in November 1997. A $2.5 million gift from the Robert M. Rogers Foundation of Tyler, announced in October 1998, will fund the construction of the 550-seat chapel, which will be named for Dr. Paul W. Powell, a current member of the Baylor board and president and chief executive officer of the foundation.

Watch for campaign updates as Truett continues to receive contributions. For more information, please contact Truett Seminary at (254) 710-3755 or 1-800-Baylor-U, option 5.

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