Dallas, TX – As a part of the Transform Campaign, DBU is pleased to announce the naming of the East Campus Development in honor of John and Nita Ford.
The Ford Village will encompass 20 acres of land and provide housing space for some 500 future DBU students. These students will be involved in DBU’s first Residential College, an intentionally focused program for developing Christian servant leaders from a variety of vocations.
Thanks to the generosity of John and Nita Ford, construction on the new development is set to take place this fall, as Phase 1 of the project will begin and include clearing the land, building a two-lane car bridge to go over O’Guinn Creek to access the land, and the initial buildings of the Residential College.
The Fords have been long-time friends and generous supporters of the University. John Ford has been a leader in the North Dallas and Collin County business community for years and has helped to establish DBU’s annual Tom Landry Leadership Award, which honors community leaders in Collin County and Arlington. Nita Ford has served for 16 years on the DBU Board of Trustees and has remained an active member of the DBU Women’s Auxiliary Board as well.
“We could not be more thrilled that Mr. and Mrs. Ford have responded to our desire to increase student housing which is in high demand through a generous gift that will serve as a catalyst to bring about the ability to accommodate nearly 500 new DBU students,” explained Dr. Adam C. Wright, DBU President.
Construction on Phase 1 of the Transform Campaign will begin this fall, and the Residential College is set to open Fall 2019, and students will be able to apply to the Residential College in Spring 2019.