Emory University in Atlanta has announced a $15 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation for construction of a second building for the university's Candler School of Theology, one of thirteen United Methodist Church seminaries in the country.
Made as part of a $1.6 billion fundraising campaign designed to support the university's new strategic plan, the gift will enable the school to launch the second phase of a multiyear building program. In recognition of the gift, the first building constructed under the program, which opened in 2008, will be named after Rita Anne Rollins, the first grandchild of the foundation's namesake.
That building houses classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, and the university's Center for Ethics. The new building, which will be located on the site currently occupied by Bishops Hall, will house the 650,000-volume Pitts Theology Library, the third-largest theology collection in the country, the new Wesley Teaching Chapel, group study areas, a lecture hall, and an exhibit hall.
"This gift allows Candler to provide state-of-the-art library and teaching facilities that are critical to fulfilling our mission of preparing faithful and creative leaders for the church's ministries in the world," said Candler School of Theology dean Jan Love. "We are most grateful to the Rollins family for making it possible for us to continue enhancing theological education at Emory."