Millsaps begins campaign to raise $160M


Millsaps Colleges plans to raise $160 million in a campaign announced Nov. 2 by President Frances Lucas. 

The drive has been themed “Legacy: A Campaign for Millsaps College.” It was announced at the 2006 President’s Society Gala. 

“Millsaps has a rich legacy that has been shaped by the lives of the people who have called it home,” Lucas said. “This campaign offers us the opportunity to build on this tradition.”  

Proceeds from the campaign will allow Millsaps to increase scholarship money, to attract and retain exceptional faculty members, to enhance the campus landscape and facilities, and to continue to develop programs.  

 Campaign chair Murray Underwood, a 1963 graduate of Millsaps, officially kicked off the public campaign by announcing that “Legacy” had already raised $71.3 million in both outright and planned gifts during its silent phase.  

 “Although this is the most ambitious campaign in the history of Millsaps College,” Underwood said, “this place and these people are worth the investment. … This college is worth every minute I can give to her and every dollar I can raise for her. My legacy for Millsaps College will be one of giving back as much as I can and making as much of an impact as I can.” 

The theme of the campaign refers to the heart of the Millsaps experience: It’s about “what you were given and what you pass on,” said Jack Woodward, class of 1951 and retired director of Financial Aid. “Some of my most rewarding days were those when former recipients of financial aid called me to say, ‘I want to pay back some of what I was given.’”