Wingate University announces $75 million capital campaign

Wingate, N.C. – In the face of challenging economic times, Wingate University is gaining momentum as it approaches the public phase of the most comprehensive capital campaign in the university's 116-year history. The university is well over halfway in achieving a $75-million campaign goal which Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee told members of the Wingate Society on Oct. 13. Gifts to the Secure the Promise Campaign total $59 million.

The campaign received a recent boost from Charlotte area businessman and philanthropist Porter B. Byrum, who donated Park Road Shopping Center to Wingate and two other institutions last summer. Wingate received $20.9 million from the sale of the center.

"The support we are seeking from both large and small gifts will help students gain the tools and support they need to apply their learning toward an extraordinary career and life," said McGee. "This campaign will help secure the university's promise of providing new facilities, programs and endowed scholarships to students so we are prepared to respond to the remarkable demand for the Wingate experience."

New facilities covered by the campaign include a 300-bed residence hall to serve record-breaking undergraduate enrollment. The campaign funds also will enable the construction of a new home for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education as it relocates from downtown Matthews to Wingate Commons near the John Street and I-485 exit in Matthews.

The campaign ends Dec. 31, 2014, on the date of McGee's retirement. Under McGee's 20 years as president, the university has introduced new master and doctorate-level programs, started a School of Pharmacy and the William and Loretta Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies, added a campus in Hendersonville, N.C. and consistently ranked at the top of NCAA Division II Academic All-Americans athletic teams. The campus has added more than 25 new buildings and athletic facilities, including the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center and the new Levine College of Health Sciences.

Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to

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