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cover3Paul Quinn College announced that it received the largest gift in school history from Dallas philanthropist and Paul Quinn College supporter Trammell S. Crow.

The majority of the $4 million dollar gift will be used to help finance the construction of the first new building on the campus in almost 40 years and the rest will be used to support enrollment growth.  The new facility will be a 180-bed residential complex that will be known as the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center.

Scheduled to break ground in 2015, the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center (“Crow LLC”), which will contain classroom and community meeting space in addition to student housing, will also include a commitment to sustainable living practices.

The Crow LLC will be built overlooking the school’s nationally acclaimed WE over Me Farm and with views of the city of Dallas’ skyline.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings greeted the news of the gift by remarking that “Dallas is a better place because of trailblazing philanthropists like Trammell S. Crow.

“His commitment to the work being done at Paul Quinn College represents the type of leadership that has helped make our city great.”  He continued, “The Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center is more than just the first new building in almost 40 years on this campus.  It is another beacon of hope and further proof that Paul Quinn College and all of Dallas is headed in the right direction.”

“This is a special moment in our institutional history” stated Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell. He noted that “American higher education history is replete with examples of visionary leaders like Trammell Crow who understood the investment needed to create great institutions.  Paul Quinn College is thankful that he believes in our work and our future.”

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the Chairwoman of the Paul Quinn College Board of Trustees expressed the mood of the moment perfectly by saying “this is a joyous occasion that speaks both to fulfilling a need today and a promise for tomorrow. It is truly a wonderful time to be a member of the Paul Quinn College community.”


~Photo Credit: Evans Caglage