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,
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
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.