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Roberts gets $3.5M anonymous gift

Roberts Wesleyan College has received a $3.5 million anonymous gift for the college’s new 40,000-square-foot, two-floor science and nursing building, according to a release from the school. The donor has chosen the Crothers Science and Nursing Center in honor of William C. and Rilla Crothers. William Crothers served as Roberts Wesleyan’s ninth president from 1981 to 2002.

“We are deeply grateful for this transformative gift, which will enable first-rate educational facilities for science and nursing instruction and training,” Roberts President Dr. Deana L. Porterfield said. “The Crothers Science and Nursing Center will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, simulation laboratories and an experimental greenhouse. This new facility will double the space for science and nursing programs, which will help Roberts attract the best and brightest STEM students.”

The Crothers Science and Nursing Center was designed by SWBR Architects, and LeChase Construction is the general contractor for the project. College officials broke ground on the project in March 2014 and the building is set to open in fall 2015.

The Legacy 150 campaign was launched in May 2014, and the naming gift is the largest donation received to date. Roberts has raised $11,756,175, or 61 percent, of the $19 million goal established for the science and nursing building. The total Legacy 150 campaign goal, including endowment and scholarship expansion, is $42 million.

An updated listing of the campaign’s overall progress is available at