Mayborn Foundation Commits $5 Million to Discovery Campaign

July 6, 2000

The Frank W. and Anyse Sue Mayborn Foundation, based in Temple, Texas, has committed $5 million to Baylor University's much-anticipated Museum Complex, which will be named The Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex.

"This complex will provide a state-of-the-art natural science and cultural history experience for the children and families of Texas and beyond," said Calvin Smith, chair of the Department of Museum Studies and director of the future Mayborn Museum Complex. "Through its very generous gift, the Mayborn Foundation has made a significant impact on the educational future of the area, which will be good for Baylor, Central Texas and the Southwest, and certainly will be a real tribute to the Mayborn Foundation and all it represents."

Baylor President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., also was enthusiastic. "Through the Mayborn Foundation's generosity, Baylor can now unite these venues to provide a world of learning comparable to nationally acclaimed museums," Sloan said. "The components of the Mayborn Museum Complex will incorporate new facilities, programs, and state-of-the-art technology to rival or surpass any other natural science and cultural history experience in this region."

Among the integral components of the Mayborn Museum Complex will be the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village and the Department of Museum Studies. The Jeanes Discovery Center, which is the centerpiece of the complex, will contain the Thomas E. and Emilyne W. Anding Exhibitions Gallery, The Children's World (the expanded Ollie Mae Moen children's educational program), the Southwestern Bell Discovery Theater, the AT&T Information Centers, the Doug and Ellen Miller Atrium of Wildlife Art, and the Permanent Exhibits Gallery, which will include the John K. Strecker Collection.

"This is a genuinely magnanimous act on the part of Mrs. Mayborn," said Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds, president emeritus. "She grasped immediately the uniqueness of this museum complex and what it can do for Central Texas, the state of Texas, the Southwestern United States and our entire nation. She was very much impressed by the exhaustive planning and the assurances that the assets of Baylor are pledged to the annual operation and upkeep of the Museum Complex. Mrs. Mayborn has been gracious and generous with Baylor in years past, and this is just further evidence of her wonderful beneficence. She is a true benefactress of Baylor University."

Anyse Sue White Mayborn serves as president, editor and publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram and Killeen Daily Herald and as president of Channel 6 Inc. and the Mayborn Foundation. She is the widow of Frank W. Mayborn who, until his death in 1987, served as one of the leading figures in broadcast and print media in Central Texas, as well as in the political arenas of Texas and Washington, D.C., in promoting the interests of Central Texas.

Baylor has received gifts and pledges totaling $14.1 million toward the $18.1 million goal in the building campaign. Construction is anticipated to begin next spring. Baylor officials project that the Mayborn Museum Complex will attract several hundred thousand visitors annually.

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