Laurinburg Area Campaign for St. Andrews surpasses goal
Laurinburg, N.C. – For the 16th consecutive year, the Laurinburg Area Campaign to support St. Andrews Presbyterian College surpassed the $500,000 goal.
“This year, 275 local donors generously committed $516,428 to St. Andrews as part of the Laurinburg Area Campaign,” College President and Campaign Co-Chair Paul Baldasare said. “We are deeply appreciative of the way this community continues to support St. Andrews.”
In a move reflective of when the College first opened in Laurinburg, Baldasare’s co-chair for the 2011 campaign was Chairman of the Board of Trustees David Burns.
“Over the past decade, this community has repeatedly met a remarkable goal of raising $500,000 annually from supporters in Laurinburg and Scotland County,” Burns said. “We are truly grateful that this support continued this year due in large part to the experienced and deeply committed group of volunteers who joined us.”
Key among those leaders were Ken Nichols, Wayne Hobbs, Becca Hughes, Christine Johnson, Drew Williamson and Julian and Marian Smith.
As with the campaign of 1962, the college is in a time of transition. At that time it was from the consolidation of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College to create St. Andrews. Now it is St. Andrews planning to join forces with Webber International University.
“We see tremendous opportunities ahead for St. Andrews and the Laurinburg community through this partnership,” said Baldasare.
Additionally, the college is collaborating with Richmond Community College, Scotland County Schools and Scotland County to move the Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH) to the Laurinburg campus.
This collaboration will bring approximately 180 students to the St. Andrews campus along with five full-time RCC faculty members with offices on site. Members of the Scotland High School faculty and additional RCC faculty will commute to the campus to teach additional courses.
“It’s a win-win-win,” said Baldasare. “For the college, it’s an opportunity to recruit students from the community to stay and finish their bachelor’s degrees on this campus, and for Scotland High and Richmond Community College students, it’s the opportunity to complete a high-quality, 4-year education in their home community.”
St. Andrews is one of the top five employers in Scotland County. The college attracts more than 15,000 visitors annually to the county for various events such as open houses for potential students, the Scottish Heritage Symposium, theatrical productions, musical performances, art shows, equestrian competitions and athletic events.
About St. Andrews
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.