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McFarland Science Center Addition

Join us in expanding our capacity to educate a new kind of health science and science professional!

The McFarland Science Center addition will be constructed between the original building and Belmont Boulevard. The 24,000 square foot facility is essential to continued growth in science enrollment and programming and is the top Lipscomb Next priority for spring 2014.The top Lipscomb:Next Campaign priority for spring 2014 is to complete funding for the addition to McFarland Science Center.

The goal is to fund this $8.5 million, 24,000-square-foot addition that will include at least six new laboratories for organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physics, and human anatomy and physiology. The campaign is being championed by a host of Lipscomb science alumni, led by campaign co-chairs Joy McMeen Campbell, Ph.D. ('72) and James Netterville, M.D. ('76).

Plans call for honoring several of Lipscomb's pioneering science faculty who are cited most often by science alumni as most influential in their lives, faith and careers. These professors include Paul Langford, Ph.D., Oliver Yates, Ph.D., David Johnston, Ph.D., Dr. Phil Choate, John Netterville Sr., Ph.D., and Ralph Nance Ed.D.

McFarland Science Center opened in 1966, during Lipscomb's 75th anniversary celebration, when the student body was less than half the size it is today. Through the years, McFarland has been central to the growth of Lipscomb’s reputation for science instruction and premedical preparation. That reputation has resulted in recent years in the addition of a bachelor’s program in nursing, doctoral program in pharmacy, master’s degree in biomolecular science and a new emphasis on research.

All of that has served to make Lipscomb's science program more popular than ever: nearly 45 percent of incoming freshmen state premedicine as their main interest. Since the 1980s, science enrollment has more than doubled. In the past five years, biology graduates have doubled, graduates admitted to medically related professional schools have increased 86 percent and the pre-nursing science class enrollment has jumped by 128 percent. Labs are often in session until 10 p.m. to handle the demand.

“If we are to continue to grow our pre-professional programs, add exciting new graduate programs and accelerate our biomedical research program, expanding and renovating McFarland is critical,” said Dr. Norma Bond Burgess, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Nearly $3.7 million has been raised toward this goal so far. Join us in educating a new kind of science and health science professional—impacting the world, embracing faith and serving the community and beyond—by generously donating to the McFarland Addition. For full information, contact Jeff Fincher at 615.966.6214 or

To give securely online, visit Checks earmarked for the McFarland Addition may be sent to:

Lipscomb University
ATTN: Development Office
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951