First Comprehensive Campaign Remarkably Successful
By Beth Byers
A drawing of the Jones Building,
now under construction on the Macon State College campus.
The building will house the academic divisions of health sciences,
nursing and natural sciences and math.
State College Foundation kicked off its first comprehensive campaign
in early 2003 with a goal of $6 million for student support programs,
faculty development, library enhancement and special initiatives.
As of mid-July, more than $3.9 million, or 65 percent, of the goal
had been contributed.
“We’ve gotten an overwhelmingly positive response from
donors,” said Joe E. Timberlake III, a retired Macon businessman,
civic leader and Foundation Board of Trustees member serving as
chairman of the campaign. “It says a lot about Macon State
College’s impact on this community that people want to invest
in its continued success.”
The Foundation board decided to call the campaign “Invest
in Success” because of Macon State’s great strides over
the past few years. Since 1998, MSC has developed seven baccalaureate
programs, increased enrollment by 40 percent and undertaken more
than $50 million in new construction projects.
“State funding and tuition revenue cover basic services,”
Timberlake said, “but private support is what it takes to
move an institution to the next level of excellence. If Central
Georgia can help Macon State maintain its momentum, it will help
power this region’s economic and cultural prosperity for years
Joe Timberlake III is chairman
of the MSC Foundation's Invest in Success Campaign.
Photo by Janet Carter
The “Invest in Success” campaign has attracted the
largest single gift ever made to Macon State College: a $1.5 million
donation from the Charles H. Jones Family Foundation.
Jones, a Macon developer, community visionary and member of the
MSC Foundation’s Board of Trustees, has been a longtime advocate
for the College and its development as a baccalaureate institution.
The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, of which
Jones was once a member, recently approved Macon State’s request
to name the professional sciences building in his honor, the first
named building on campus. (More about Charles H. Jones and the Jones
Building will be included in the next issue of MSC Today.)
The “Invest in Success” campaign gives donors the opportunity
to support Macon State in four key areas.
Student support funds will be used to establish more scholarships
and enhance MSC’s minority achievement and honors programs.
Faculty development funds will help create endowed chairs and professorships
to ensure Macon State continues to attract top-notch professors.
Library enhancement funds will help the College engage emerging
library technologies that will enhance scholarly research and expand
academic resources. Funds for special initiatives will help Macon
State develop the region’s professional workforce potential,
purchase technologically advanced equipment for science and nursing
programs and support the campuswide Botanical Gardens project.
To learn how to make a gift to the Macon State College
“Invest in Success” campaign, call the Office of Development