Something big is happening at UMHB, and it’s called Momentum.

In May, the university’s Board of Trustees approved the launch of the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of UMHB. Titled Momentum: The Campaign for Mary Hardin-Baylor, the campaign is focused on the goal of raising $60 million for scholarships, endowments, and new facilities that will enhance the university’s effectiveness as a center for Christian higher education.

“We decided to call this campaign Momentum because we wanted a name that would show our steady growth from 1845 to the present and the sense that we have developed a great force that is moving us toward an even better future,” said President Randy O’Rear. “We have a rich heritage, and the efforts of many people have made our university a unique place that influences the lives of thousands of students each year. This campaign will make it possible for us to add scholarships and strategic facilities needed for UMHB to achieve the vision of being the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.”

With the help of nearly $35 million in lead gifts already pledged toward the campaign, the university has been able to break ground on several key projects. A new center for the visual arts and a nursing education center are already taking shape on the southern edge of the campus, and construction is underway on a complex at the heart of the campus that will combine a new student union building with the university’s first football stadium. In addition to these projects, the Momentum campaign will generate funds for student scholarships, endowment growth, improved campus infrastructure, and a performing arts center with a 600-to-800-seat theater.

“As we studied the new Campus Master Plan, we realized that we were at a point in time where the simultaneous development of several new facilities could truly move our university forward in a significant way,” said O’Rear. “We have been blessed with record-breaking enrollments, and our academic programs are increasingly being recognized for their excellence. We believe the time is right to take this bold step, to expand the ways that we can reach students and help them grow into the men and women God wants them to be.”

“We are moving forward with a plan that will help us be a university where students experience the integration of faith and learning in new ways,” said O’Rear. “We are excited about what is happening at UMHB, and we invite our friends and alumni to be part of the momentum!”


Campaign priorities

UMHB’s first facility devoted to the visual arts will include classrooms, faculty offices, studio space, a student lounge, and an art gallery. Classrooms dedicated to ceramics and sculpture will open onto deck areas where students may fire or weld pieces outdoors.

The Scott and White College of Nursing’s new home will include high-tech clinical labs, practice exam rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, and support spaces totaling 76,100 square feet.

The three-story student center will offer facilities for residential and retail dining and a wide range of student activities within easy walking distance of all campus dormitories and apartments.

The 8,000-seat stadium will provide an on-campus venue for Crusader football for the first time in the history of the program, bringing fans and visitors to the heart of the campus on game days.

UMHB’s new center for the performing arts will include a 600-to-800-seat auditorium, a proscenium stage with fly space for scenery, and support areas for productions.

As enrollments increase, gifts to endowed and annual scholarships will insure that the UMHB experience remains an affordable one for all students.

Gifts to the Momentum campaign may be made as one-time donations or as multi-year pledges. Each of the new facilities offers many areas which can be named in honor or memory of loved ones through a special gift. For more information on the projects and how you can be a part of this landmark effort, contact Brent Davison at 254 295 4601 or visit the Momentum website.