Claflin University in Orangeburg has received the largest donation in its nearly 150-year history.
Claflin officials on Friday announced a $4.35 million gift from Sodexo Corporation, a food service provider that manages many of the school’s facilities.
“We greatly appreciate the partnership with Sodexo and its investment in the future of the University,” Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale said shortly after the announcement. “This commitment moves us closer to achieving the goal of our capital campaign. This gift strengthens our resolve to continue the campaign, because our students and Claflin deserve our best.”
The donation is part of the school’s “Imagine the Possibilities” campaign. The university says it has now raised $71 million out of its $96 million goal since the campaign began 30 months ago.
Tisdale said Sodexo’s gift will help pay for a new chapel, a Molecular Science and Research Center, and wireless Internet on-campus.
Sodexo’s Education Division senior vice president Jim Jenkins presented a check in a ceremony Thursday. “Sodexo is committed to providing first-class quality of life services, and we believe in supporting our communities through the services we provide and through sharing our resources,” he said during the ceremony. “We are inspired by Claflin’s mission to create visionary leaders, to solve critical global issues and to improve the quality of life for all people.”