The gift will underwrite upgrades to the iconic building's physical infrastructure, preservation of the limestone carvings and stained glass windows in Miller Chapel, and the addition of a prayer chapel with views of campus. Slated to reopen in 2022, the renovated facility will house the Sunderland Academic Center, which will include flexible classroom space, group meeting and work spaces, administrative and faculty offices, and upgraded infrastructure enabling technology-enhanced learning.
A longtime supporter of the university, the Sunderland Foundation has previously contributed to the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the replacement of the organ in Waco Hall, and the establishment of a home for the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.
"Tidwell Bible Building remains a cultural touchstone at Baylor — few students pass through this campus without venturing inside for a core class in history or religion," said Baylor University president Linda A. Livingstone. "This significant gift from the Sunderland Foundation and other generous support will allow Baylor to restore Tidwell to its original beauty — carefully preserving its architectural significance while revitalizing its ability to serve as a place of excellence in Christian higher education."