Campaign Progress


LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity is now entering its final stages, with commitments exceeding $130 million and 12 projects fully funded. Remaining strategic priorities include a $15.7 million teaching and research facility for animal science and a comprehensive $6.3 million renovation of historic Ford Auditorium as a first-class learning and performance space for Berry students.

Fundraising for both of these projects is well underway. Commitments to the Ford renovation are nearing 95%, and work on the historic structure is proceeding with an anticipated completion date of January 2020. Giving to the new animal science building now stands at 88%. Our goal is to complete fundraising and start construction by summer 2020. Read more about both projects by clicking the “Summary of Priorities” tab.

Already, LifeReady donors have:

  • Leah Bolden doing researchExpanded opportunity for students to invest in their own success by committing more than $50 million for scholarships, including 151 Gate of Opportunity Scholarships that make it possible for hard-working students to graduate debt-free.

  • Putnam County Spelling Bee in Sisters TheatreEncouraged student performance and achievement through inspiring new spaces in the sciences, arts and athletics, including Valhalla stadium, Sisters Theatre, a nursing-education suite in Evans Hall and a field laboratory for animal science adjacent to the Rollins Ruminant Research Center.

  • Ree Palmer meeting with mentorCapitalized on Berry’s demonstrated ability to cultivate personal responsibility and character through creation of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Strides include a $2 million leadership endowment ensuring the center’s long-term sustainability; an innovative community mentoring program recognized as a national “best-practices” model; a new lecture series featuring speakers of national renown; and donor-supported faculty development grants enabling the infusion of ethics-related courses across the curriculum.

  • Harmon Petty creating t-shirtsSupported establishment of the new Center for Student Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, including programmatic advances and creation of a new leadership position overseeing efforts to infuse an entrepreneurial mindset in students of all majors.

  • Welcome CenterProvided a more secure and welcoming entrance for our incredible 27,000-acre campus.

Notably, Berry alumni account for 39% of all campaign gifts. We are grateful for their support, as well as all those who have made the decision to help our students become LifeReady. Visit Faces of LifeReady to meet some of those who have benefitted.

If you have questions about our remaining priorities or wish to make a gift, please contact Scott Breithaupt (91C, 96G) at sbreithaupt@berry.edu  or 706-238-5897.