Baumans Make $900,000 Gift
Ed and Vivien Bauman of Greensboro, longtime friends of Guilford, have made a $900,000 real estate gift to the Advancing Excellence campaign.
Their gift is being used to enhance Founders Hall, the College’s student center. Renovations to Founders this summer are creating an atrium, upgrading the offices for student media and other organizations, and expanding the student art gallery. Gifts from the McMichael Family Foundation and other sources are also being used for the renovations.
“Ed and Vivien have been steadfast supporters of Guilford for many years,” President Kent Chabotar said. “They know we are dedicated to offering an exceptional student experience, and this gift strengthens our ability to do that. The entire Guilford community is grateful for their generosity.”
The former chair and CEO of Blue Bell, Inc., of Greensboro, Ed was an active College trustee for 19 years beginning in 1988 and gained emeritus status in 2007. He also served Guilford as a member of the Board of Visitors and the Our Time in History Campaign Cabinet. He is a member of the Advancing Excellence Campaign Steering Committee.
News 14 Carolina broadcast a report on the Baumans’ gift. “This is actually the hub of the campus,” Vice President for Advancement Mike Poston told the station during an interview in front of Founders. “It’s the hub of the campus life. It’s where we want the students to come interact with each other and have a sense of community.”
The Baumans have given $3.8 million to Guilford. The Founders terrace and gazebo, completed in 2004, was made possible by their gift to Our Time in History and gifts from several foundations. Their 1988 gift to the College’s Quest campaign supported construction of the Bauman Telecommunications Center, which was dedicated in 1991.