CHARLOTTE – Providence Day School concluded a five-year capital campaign, raising $27.8 million.
The campaign has transformed the campus, creating a new “front door” consisting of the 7,200 square-foot DeMayo Gateway Center; a four-story, 80,000 square foot Academic Center; and a split-level 188-space parking deck.
The campaign created the Downing/Williams Endowed Chair position, which supports the school’s mission by recognizing teaching excellence. The first faculty member to hold the honor will be announced at in May.
“The community’s enthusiastic philanthropic response over the past five years of this campaign was overwhelming, gratifying, humbling and exciting,” Head of School Glyn Cowlishaw said.
As of Dec. 31, the campaign included 730 investors.
The campaign’s national chair was Cathy Bessant of Bank of America, whose family made a leadership gift in support of the initiative’s three investment priorities.
“Providence Day is a top performing school and a valuable asset to the greater Charlotte community. We have been a family for almost 50 years,” Bessant said. “Being a part of this is really something special and shows what you can accomplish by working together.”
The campaign was supported by four seven-figure gifts, including a $2 million contribution from Howard and Julie Levine.
“This was a transformational effort,” Howard Levine said. “Julie and I are proud to have helped Providence Day successfully reach such a significant achievement in the school’s history.”
The new facilities marked the first major additions to the school in more than four years.
The Academic Center features 32 learning labs, 10 seminar rooms, a 150-seat lecture theater with retractable seating, a modular collaborative learning space, community lounges, global café, spirit store and school archives display.
The DeMayo Gateway Center serves as the official visitor and guest reception area, housing both the admissions and guidance offices.