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In 1952 the Rather family gave Bishop John Hines their family estate home and its five acres on which to establish the campus of Seminary of the Southwest. The family stipulated, however, that they would continue residing in the house during their lifetimes. As a result, the seminary did not gain use of Rather House until 1972. Those were lean years, so Southwest was in no position to renovate the home as we would have wished. We did use it as a gathering center and meeting rooms over the next decades. We were finally able in 2006 to break ground to preserve the main rooms of the home and to add needed office space. It is now the recruiting, welcoming, and administrative center of the campus. To honor long-time trustee and friend of the seminary community, Bishop Scott Field Bailey, the Bailey Center at Rather House is named in his honor. Fundraising continues for the project.
Endowment for Faculty Excellence
Southwest students and alumni frequently describe their close relationships with faculty as one of the most formative aspects of their intellectual and leadership development. The seminary faculty is small in size, numbering fourteen, but long on impact. The hallmark of the Southwest faculty has been to cultivate a learning environment that promotes intellectual exchange, encourages scholarship, and supports critical thinking, all of which motivates and engages students.
Currently there are a number of partially funded faculty chairs. Endowed chairs provide incentives to attract and keep talented teachers and scholars. Specifically, Southwest proposes to raise faculty endowment funds designed to increase partially funded chairs to full funding and to create new fully endowed faculty chairs at $2.5 million each.
Endowment for Student Scholarships
Southwest remains committed to keeping education affordable and reasonable for seminarians, recognizing the limitations of their future salary opportunities. Specifically, Southwest proposes to raise significant additional scholarship funds. Endowed scholarships are a critical source of student aid because they minimize the need for seminarians to incur debt to finance their education. Gifts and pledges in the amount of $50,000 are required for a “named endowment.” Additionally there are many other endowed funds already established to which donors may contribute gifts of any size. Click here to see scholarship descriptions
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