Johnson Foundation provides $1.5 million gift for VC’s proposed Comprehensive Student Center

The M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation, which has a long history of investing in Victoria College, recently announced its largest single donation ever to VC.

A $1.5 million gift from the M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation will go toward Victoria College’s Comprehensive Student Center project, which plans to create a central facility on campus to combine learning services, student services and student life offerings.

“We are so grateful for the Johnson Foundation’s investment in Victoria College,” said VC President Dr. David Hinds. “This incredible gift allows us to take a giant step closer to the realization of the Comprehensive Student Center. The Johnson Foundation continues to make a huge impact on students in our region. This particular gift will greatly help us meet the needs of our students by consolidating services in one central location. By doing this, we will provide a more seamless experience for our students.”

“The M. G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation considers Victoria College and its students an important component to the well-being of our communities. That is why it has provided significant financial support to the institution for so many years,” said Robert Halepeska, executive vice president of the Johnson Foundation. “Marshall and Lillie Johnson would be extremely proud of the Foundation’s impact on Victoria College students. This most recent gift continues that legacy and will ensure that future students have a viable pathway to their educational and career goals.”

The Comprehensive Student Center project is part of Victoria College’s 2016-25 Facilities Master Plan, which was created by VC’s Capital Improvement Input Team in the fall of 2016. Currently, essential functions for students are spread out across VC’s Main Campus.

The Comprehensive Student Center will house in one facility learning services (learning commons, library, tutoring and testing center), student services (financial aid, advising, counseling, recruiting and admissions) and student life (food services, bookstore, student activities and campus events).

“Physically combining Student Life offerings with Learning Services and Student Services in one single building will create a synergy that enhances access for all students and will raise our students’ on-campus experience to a much higher level,” said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs.

The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million to Victoria College over the past 40 years, including $1,582,600 in scholarships for 2,279 students.

“The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation, through its commitment to education, has helped thousands of VC students achieve their educational goals,” said Amy Mundy, executive director of the Victoria College Foundation. “Once students graduate from VC and become a nurse, police officer, truck driver, instrumentation technician, or transfer to get a four-year degree, they go out into the community and benefit not only their own families, but they contribute to the overall economic health of our community. The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation is an integral part of that success.”

Victoria College has also received gifts totaling $6.53 million for facilities and $2.43 million for departmental programs, equipment and technology from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation.

“Victoria College has an immense appreciation for the Johnson Foundation’s support of higher education in our area, and we offer our profound thanks to the foundation’s trustees for this generous contribution,” said Bland Proctor, chairman of VC’s Board of Trustees. “The grant will directly impact both undergraduate and adult students, many of whom work full time and support families, as they work towards gaining an education that will improve quality of life for themselves and their families.”