William Woods Launches $11.7 million Campaign

With the start of a new school year, the 140-year-old William Woods University is launching the public phase of its $11.7 million campaign to “imagine” the future.


The campaign contains three parts:

  • A Sorority Circle and Amphitheatre

  • The Center for Ethics and Global Studies

  • An Alumni and Visitors’ Center

“We have already made significant progress toward our goal,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, said. “Since the Imagine Campaign began, we received the largest gift from a foundation in the history of WWU. The Lucille and Bruce Lambert Charitable Foundation Inc.’s gift of $2.5 million is also the largest gift in that foundation’s history.”


Barnett added, “We received another historical gift last spring. An anonymous donor has made a gift of $2 million toward the Imagine Campaign. This represents the largest gift from an individual in the university’s history.”


In addition, the university has received a number of important leadership gifts “that have allowed us to ‘imagine’ the launch of the campaign, setting the stage and providing a challenge for additional donors to step forward,” she said.


WWU’s supporters have risen to the challenge to help ensure a successful campaign. This fall, contributions passed the 50 percent mark toward the overall goal of $11.7 million.


Here are some details of the three-part campaign:


Sorority Circle and Amphitheatre

The university plans to build a new residential complex that will house all four sororities in a single Sorority Circle and an adjacent amphitheatre. The need for the Sorority Circle is clear. William Woods must provide additional campus housing to accommodate significant student population growth over the past decade and to address the decreasing availability of suitable campus housing. The amphitheatre, with a capacity of approximately 250, would be for all students and the community. It is designed to be flexible and useful for theatrical, musical and ceremonial events and festivals.


The Center for Ethics and Global Studies

The Center for Ethics and Global Studies is an endowment of an academic program that builds on several existing initiatives/projects. It has four components:

  • Ethics and Global Diversity Courses

  • Short- and Long-term Study Abroad

  • International Student Services

  • Gateway to Service Opportunities


Alumni and Visitors’ Center

Sometime in the future, the university plans to renovate the current presidential residence into an Alumni and Visitors’ Center that would be immediately visible from the Woods Way entrance on the northwest side of campus, providing a beautiful, dramatic and welcoming portal to the university.


“The Imagine Campaign will build upon the William Woods mission to distinguish itself as a student-centered institution and fulfill its vision to be recognized as a progressive and growing leader in higher education,” Barnett said.