Paul Quinn College Receives Largest Gift in 142-Year School History

Updated: 6/24/2014 2:07 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Dallas, TX – June 23, 2014 – Paul Quinn College announced today that it received the largest gift in school history from Dallas philanthropist and Paul Quinn supporter Trammell S. Crow.  The majority of the $4.4 million dollar gift will be used to help finance the construction of the first new building on the campus in almost 40 years and the rest will be used to support enrollment growth.  The new facility will be a 180-bed residential complex that will be known as the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center.

About the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center 

Scheduled to break ground in 2015, the Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center (“Crow LLC”), which will contain classroom and community meeting space in addition to student housing, will also include a commitment to sustainable living practices.  The Crow LLC will be built overlooking the school’s nationally acclaimed WE over Me Farm and with views of the city of Dallas’ skyline.

The impact of the gift

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings greeted the news of the gift by remarking that “Dallas is a better place because of trailblazing philanthropists like Trammell S. Crow.  His commitment to the work being done at Paul Quinn College represents the type of leadership that has helped make our city great.”  He continued, “The Trammell S. Crow Living & Learning Center is more than just the first new building in almost 40 years on this campus.  It is another beacon of hope and further proof that Paul Quinn College and all of Dallas is headed in the right direction.”

“This is a special moment in our institutional history” stated Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College.  He noted that “American higher education history is replete with examples of visionary leaders like Trammell Crow who understood the investment needed to create great institutions.  Paul Quinn College is thankful that he believes in our work and our future.”

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the Chairwoman of the Paul Quinn College Board of Trustees expressed the mood of the moment perfectly by saying “this is a joyous occasion that speaks both to fulfilling a need today and a promise for tomorrow. It is truly a wonderful time to be a member of the Paul Quinn College community.”


About Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College, the 2011 HBCU of the Year, is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college founded by and affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The College was founded in Austin,

Texas, on April 4, 1872, and is one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The College provides a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Members of the College’s student body, alumni, faculty and staff, called Quinnites, embrace the institutional ethos of “WE over Me” and are dedicated to honoring the “Four Ls of Quinnite Leadership,” which are: Leave places better than you found them; Lead from wherever you are; Live a life that matters; and Love something greater than yourself.