Macon F. Brock Jr. '64 is chairman of the Campaign.
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren formally announced the college’s
capital campaign, Building Extraordinary:
The Campaign for Randolph-Macon College, during a kick-off celebration
at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, April 29, 2011.
Building Extraordinary for a slideshow of photos from the event.
Click here to view the Campaign Video.
“Now is the time to shape an extraordinary future for Randolph-Macon College,” said
Lindgren. “This $100 million initiative is designed to gather the necessary resources
to position the college for the next level of excellence. Those who love R-MC have
an unprecedented opportunity to honor our tradition of excellence.”
The Building Extraordinary campaign launched with an astounding $67 million
in gifts already committed. The Campaign is a $100 million initiative designed to
position the college for the next level of excellence. The goals for the campaign
are set forth by the college’s strategic and master plans. Priorities for the campaign
include upgrading and building state-of-the-art facilities, increasing the endowment
to provide greater opportunities and support for faculty and students in and out
of the classroom, and enhancing student outcomes through career and graduate school
During the event, the college community expressed its gratitude to the generosity
of alumni and friends who have already committed to this campaign:
Joan and Macon Brock ’64
announced a lead gift of $10 million. $5 million will go toward a state-of-the-art
addition to the college’s Copley Science Center and $5 million toward the expansion
and renovation of the Frank E. Brown Campus Center. The Brocks have made additional
gifts to create the Macon and Joan Brock Professorship in Psychology, currently
held by Psychology Professor and Neuroscientist Dr. Kelly Lambert, improvements
to several academic buildings, and to support the building of a new residence hall
and improve athletic facilities. The Brocks’ total gift to this Campaign now exceeds
The late Paul H. Wornom ’37
bequeathed $3 million to invigorate R-MC’s pre-med program and provide students
with the guidance, support, academic preparation and clinical experiences they need
to be accepted in the country’s most prestigious medical schools. Currently, R-MC
medical school partnerships with Eastern Virginia Medical
College, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and
Virginia Commonwealth University.
Constance and Thomas Birdsong ’49 and The Birdsong Corporation
for their $2 million gift to build a new residence hall for upperclassmen.
Maria Wornom Rippe and Peter Rippe established the Wornom-Rippe
Faculty Endowed Fund, which will attract talented new faculty to Randolph-Macon.
Beverley and Douglas Dalton’70 for their commitment of $1.5 million
to establish an Alumni House for visiting alumni. It will be the future home to
one of this country’s oldest college alumni societies. Beverley Dalton was a former
Trustee and the first chairwoman on the college’s board of trustees and served as
chair of R-MC’s last capital campaign.
“We have the potential and the opportunity to build on our exceptional foundation
and become the model liberal arts college for the 21st century,” said Campaign Chair
Macon F. Brock Jr. ’64, director and chairman of the board for Dollar Tree Stores,
Inc. ”Our strength lies in our perennial commitment to the liberal arts and in the
relationships we foster that result in extraordinary graduates—people who can think
and solve problems and communicate. Together, we can ensure an extraordinary future
for tomorrow’s students.” Brock also served as a former member and chair of the
college’s Board of Trustees.
Phase One of R-MC’s Master Plan is underway with several construction projects in
progress or completed. Development of the Plan, which was approved in February 2009
by the college’s Board of Trustees, was a collaborative process involving faculty,
staff, students, alumni, trustees and members of the community. Projects completed
or currently underway include:
The renovation of two academic buildings, Fox and Haley Halls, was completed in
The new Hugh Stephens
Baseball Field at Estes Park was completed in February 2011. The
stadium, which features permanent grandstand seating, a new scoreboard and a 16-foot
wall in left field, was made through a generous gift by Carol Estes-Williams and
her husband, Clarence G. Williams Jr.
A new tennis complex
opened in October 2010.
Andrews Hall, a 104-bed,
suite-style freshmen residence facility, is currently under construction with an
expected completion date of August 2011. The building will have LEED certification,
a geothermal HVAC system and will include a central living area. The hall, named
for retired dean of students and Professor Emeritus Ira L. Andrews III ’59, was
made possible by a lead gift from Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon Jr. ’59 and his wife
Stuart. Construction is being handled by English Construction Company, Inc., Lynchburg,
Construction on the John B. Werner Pavilion
at the McGraw-Page Library will begin in summer 2011. The 3,300-square-foot
pavilion will provide a 24/7 study space and is expected to be complete in winter
The new football field will be moved to a north-south position and will be bordered
by new residence halls on the north and south ends of the field. It is projected
to be completed in July 2012.
Birdsong Residence Hall, a new apartment-style residence hall for upperclassmen,
is projected to be completed by July 2013. Construction of the Hall is made possible
through a generous gift from Constance and Thomas Birdsong ’49 and The Birdsong
For more information on Building Extraordinary: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon
College, contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at (804) 752-7317,