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HBU Announces Largest Single Gift in History from Sherry and Jim Smith, Sr.
Sherry and Jim Smith, Sr. are providing a gift of $20 million to Houston Baptist University for the construction of classroom space and laboratory facilities to be used by the College of Science and Engineering and the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
It is the largest single gift in the history of the University, and will allow for innovative learning and laboratory space in each area. In appreciation of their gift, the University will name the building in the Smiths’ honor. The University announced the donation at a special reception in honor of Sherry and Jim Smith on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Morris House on HBU’s campus.
“This amazing gift by Jim and Sherry Smith is consistent with their family’s long history of generosity, beginning with Jim’s father, Orrien Smith,” said HBU president, Dr. Robert B. Sloan. “Jim and Sherry have, for decades, worked tirelessly on behalf of the University, and have used their gifts as well as their wisdom to further the Christian mission of HBU. This gift will produce spectacular results in the important STEM-related areas of engineering, science, and nursing, not only for HBU, but also for Houston and well beyond. We will forever be indebted to this great family.” Read more.