Major gifts bring Newman closer to Facing Forward goals


Over the course of Facing Forward – A Campaign for Newman University, Newman officials have received a number of gifts and grants that have brought the university close to reaching its goals to renovate Eck Hall, build the Bishop Gerber Science Center and fund student scholarships and the university endowment.

Below is a timeline showing the major gifts received since the announcement of the public phase of the campaign.


Newman officials announce anonymous gifts of $5 million from a couple, $2.2 million from a former Wichita businessman, and $1 million from a Wichita company.


Newman announces the awarding of a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. To receive the $1 million, Newman must raise the remaining amount needed for the building and renovations by Jan. 12, 2017.


Newman receives a $500,000 gift from the Tom and Myra Devlin family in support of the Bishop Gerber Science Center.

Newman is awarded a $250,000 grant in support of the new science center and upgrades to Eck Hall by the William T. Kemper Foundation –  Commerce Bank, Trustee, of Kansas City, Mo.

Newman officials announce a $75,000 grant from the Fidelity Bank Foundation of Wichita.


Newman University receives a total of $140,000 in gifts from three Wichita-area businesses, BKD, LLP – Wichita, Commercial Mechanical, Inc., and Simpson Construction Services, Inc.

Newman receives a $100,000 gift from Legacy Bank of Colwich, Sedgwick and Wichita.

Newman is awarded a $100,000 grant from the Lattner Family Foundation of Delray Beach, Fla.


Newman receives a $200,000 gift from the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kan.


Newman receives a $100,000 gift from The Berry Foundation of Wichita.