Vice Chancellor Joel Cunningham opened the 2006-07 academic year by revealing the name of the previously anonymous donor who made a $6 million gift to help fund a new science facilty at Sewanee. At the University’s Advent semester opening convocation, the vice chancellor lauded William Spencer, C’41, (shown at right with Vice Chancellor Cunningham and Chancellor Henry Parsley at May’s commencement) of Birmingham for his generous contribution.
Spencer’s gift, said Cunningham, has made it possible for the University to move ahead to begin construction within the next six months.
“The 44,000-square-foot Spencer Hall will contain new high-tech space for instruction, research, and study in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. Bill Spencer is a great example for all of us. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa here, a heroic Marine in World War II, and a highly successful business and civic leader in Birmingham. He has been a visionary investor in medical science and a generous and devoted volunteer leader for Sewanee,” said Vice Chancellor Cunningham
According to the Vice Chancellor, Spencer conveyed three sentiments for the occasion:
“Thank you. Thank you to all of you students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends who are making this institution great through your hard work and your devotion and generosity. Our gifts are for you and for those who will follow you here.
We donors in the Sewanee Call Campaign are giving because we love this extraordinary place. We are grateful for the difference it has made in our lives and the lives of those we love, and we want the University of the South to thrive and to continue to prepare its students extraordinarily well. We are thrilled to be able to see the results of our gifts. Gifts to Sewanee really work.
We believe the University of the South is one of the best possible investments we can make in the future of our country and the world.”
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