BISMARCK, ND — The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation has gifted three-quarters of a million dollars to the Vision 2030 Capital Campaign at the University of Mary.

This is our time Logo for Life“We are extremely grateful to the foundation and feel very blessed by their continued partnership and support,” remarked Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “We are humbled that over the course of our relationship, the University of Mary has been the largest single recipient of gifts from the foundation. How providential and appropriate that the Leach Foundation, which has spent decades building community in our midst, is helping the University of Mary to break ground on our new campus center this spring — a place dedicated towards bringing together in community students, faculty and guests for fellowship.”

Aerial rendering of the new University of Mary Campus Center

Aerial rendering of the new University of Mary Campus Center

In May 2016, construction will begin on the new two-story campus center that repurposes the current field house and connects it to the McDowell Activity Center (MAC). This 80,000-square- foot structure features a new Founders Hall with one of the grandest views in all of North Dakota, overlooking the Missouri River Valley and accommodating over 600 dinner guests for corporate and private meetings, conferences and banquets. Students cross “Main Street” from Founders Hall into one of the country’s only 24/7 dining centers. Other amenities include a book and retail store, individual conference rooms, student lounges, coffee shop, bank, clinic, Hall of Fame concourse and much more.

The campus center, along with a new residence hall and field house that are currently under construction, is part of phase one of a $272 million Vision 2030 Capital Campaign at Mary.

For their past and ongoing generosity, The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation will receive a prominent naming opportunity and a memorial to Tom and Frances Leach within the campus center.

The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation, a private, non-profit, charitable organization, promotes the public welfare with private resources. The Foundation has given more than $15.5 million to organizations, universities and charities over the past 60 years.