The gift will support the expansion and renovation of research and academic facilities at the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre and bolster ongoing efforts to enhance the arts on campus. In addition to addressing a number of immediate needs, the gift will transform teaching, research, and performance spaces at the theater, increase the building's footprint, and bring faculty and students together in one location for a variety of interdisciplinary opportunities.
"Two of J.T. and Margaret's strongest passions were the arts and Texas Tech," said Norton Baker, president of the Talkington Charitable Foundation board. "Both are immensely connected and play a significant role in making this community an extraordinary place to live and work. We are proud to share this gift that will honor the Talkingtons' legacy and have a lasting impact on Texas Tech and Lubbock."
"This support from the J.T. & Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation marks a historic milestone for the Texas Tech University College of Visual & Performing Arts," said Andrew Martin, interim dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts. "It is an affirmation of the importance of the arts to a top research university and the communities we serve."