Adapted from a University of the South announcement

The Episcopal Foundation of Texas has given $1 million to the University of the South, designating a significant portion for Sewanee’s School of Theology. The Diocese of Texas and 27 other dioceses of the Episcopal Church own and govern the university.

“We are blessed by our long partnership with Sewanee and we have the distinct pleasure to have many Sewanee graduates among both our lay leaders and our clergy,” said the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas. “We are grateful to be able to make this gift and pray it will help to support the continued health and vitality of the University of the South and of the School of Theology.”

“This gift provides a tremendous boost to the plans we have for the School of Theology, as the university and the School of Theology are planning to expand the school’s buildings and programs,” said the university’s vice chancellor, John M. McCardell, Jr.

The university’s vision for the School of Theology includes constructing state-of-the-art academic, conference, and residential facilities; boosting student scholarships; supporting faculty development; and increasing opportunities for theological education in the Beecken Center.

“The leadership of the bishop and Diocese of Texas is critical to Sewanee’s future, particularly their support of the expanding work of the School of Theology,” said the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the school. “Bishop Doyle shares our vision that theological education is the birthright of all of the baptized, and the foundation’s support is a major factor in making that vision a living reality.”

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