Metro Roundup: Hobby Lobby Family Donates $ 20 Million to Highlands College
Highlands College today announced that it has received a donation of $ 20 million from Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green and the Green family to fully fund one of two residences to be built on a 70-acre campus scheduled to open later this year in the Grandview area. off the United States 280.
Highlands College is a Bible college founded in 2011. It prepares students who are directed to full-time Christian ministry through a program of academic education, hands-on training, character training, and spiritual development. Its graduates serve and lead in churches and ministry organizations around the world.
“Our family views this gift as an investment that pays dividends as each graduate fulfills their calling,” Green said in a press release. “Highlands College is like no other. It is a community of believers, leaders and learners who develop the whole person in mind, spirit and body.
Chris Hodges, chancellor of Highlands College and senior pastor of the Highlands Church, said college leaders envision the school as a world-class facility to develop servant leaders of character and skill and the gift invested by Green family goes a long way towards realizing this vision.
“We are very grateful for their confidence in our mission and for the impact Highlands College can have in our world,” said Hodges.
Highlands College officials plan to begin construction on the new residence later this month. The plan is for a five story facility with over 68,000 square feet with 126 rooms for 252 students. Completion is slated for late 2022, with students moving in shortly thereafter.
“A residential campus is essential to achieving the holistic college-style approach to education and training that sets us apart,” said Mark Pettus, President of Highlands College. “The Green family allows us to activate and accelerate this key part of our vision. ”
Thanks to a donation from the Green family, Highlands College will build the residence debt free.
The two-year private institution is expected to offer a four-year program within a few years. Its strategic plan foresees a growth of 1,000 students by 2029 with a vision for all students to graduate debt-free.
A new 70-acre campus located in the Grandview area off the US 280 is slated to open later this year and includes a student center, 19 learning studios, eight hands-on ministry training labs, multiple areas of collaboration, dining rooms, café, library, fitness and leisure facilities, a versatile auditorium and the latest audiovisual technology.