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AUSTIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY SURPASSES FUNDRAISING GOAL AS IT DEDICATES NEW CAMPUS IN NORTH AUSTIN

The Austin Graduate School of Theology has surpassed its fundraising goal of $3 million sought to fund a new campus, school officials announced today.

Austin Grad raised $3.304 million in the “Building the Dream” capital campaign to convert an existing North Austin building into its new campus, which school officials dedicated on Saturday, April 19. The new facility moved from its old building near the University of Texas to the larger structure at 7640 Guadalupe St. in Austin.

A seminary associated with Churches of Christ and in conversation with all who call on Jesus Christ as Lord, Austin Grad in January moved into the 27,000-square-foot facility, which is two-and-a-half times larger than the old building.

“Exceeding our three year campaign goal in only eight months was beyond our most optimistic expectations,” said Stan Reid, president of the school. “Austin Grad has truly been graced by God and we give Him the credit and honor. Likewise, we are thankful to our supporters for their generous donations, which will help us expand our mission to educate Christian servants and edify churches.”

During the Saturday ceremony, Dr. James Thompson, a former Austin Grad president and faculty member, gave dedicatory remarks. Professor Michael Weed, on behalf of the faculty and staff, made a statement of commitment to use the building to honor God.

The new campus has easy access to U.S. 183, Interstate 35, and a Capital Metro rail station and transit center. More than 90 parking spaces are available.

The Austin Grad Board of Trustees, Austin Grad associates and employees already had committed more than $1 million toward the campaign goal. The commitment comes from 100 percent participation of board members and employees.

Architect for the project was Studio 8, and contractor was Structura Inc., both of Austin.

Now that Austin Grad has achieved its fundraising goal, the school is studying the possibility of a second phase of “Building the Dream,” which will seek to raise an undetermined amount of funds to remodel approximately 5,000 unfinished square feet in the new building. This will include a chapel and expanded library.

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