Gardner-Webb receives $5 million gift
    March 30 2010 by GWU

    BOILING SPRINGS — Gardner-Webb University (GWU) has received its largest gift ever, $5 million from benefactors Robert and Carolyn Tucker.

    The gift will go toward a new student center, scheduled for completion in 2012, which will carry the Tucker name.

    “The Tucker Student Center will develop students who are leaders, who are committed to the concept of service and character, not only in their professions, but in their civic life, their family life, their church and community life,” said GWU President Frank Bonner. “It really will be the centerpiece of accomplishing that mission of preparing students for that kind of life of character and service and competence in whatever walk of life they go into.”

    The Tucker Student Center will become the heart of the campus, and provide a functional atmosphere for activities and entertainment with meeting space for student organizations, conference rooms, mail facilities, student dining, campus shop, multipurpose facilities, and lounges. It will also house student offices and work space for organizations that include student government, campus ministries, leadership development, community engagement and service learning.

    “The Tuckers have expressed that it’s not the bricks and mortar of the student center project that interests them, but the things that will happen inside building,” said Bonner. “They’ve expressed to me that Gardner-Webb is a great school and they appreciate all the things that we do operationally, but it’s really about the ministry, and their devotion to the mission of Gardner-Webb, ‘For God and Humanity,’ that’s been appealing to them. It is very significant that we’ve received this amount of money, yes, but more important that they have helped us strengthen Gardner-Webb’s Christian foundation.”            

    Robert and Carolyn Tucker are the owners of Shoe Show, Inc. founded in 1960 in Kannapolis, which includes Shoe Show, Shoe Dept. and Burlington Shoes, has 1,106 locations in 36 states.

    Carolyn Tucker shared why the family has been so supportive of the university: “I’ve seen so many instances of young people, including my daughter Lisa, who went to Gardner-Webb and they were changed by being there. Now that’s what I want to be on board with — an organization that is changing lives.”

    Lisa Tucker is a 1989 graduate of Gardner-Webb and a current trustee.
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