News Release Library
August 16, 2011

St. Edward's University Receives $13 Million from Pat and Bill Munday

St. Edward’s University is proud to announce that Pat and Bill Munday have provided the largest gift in the university’s history - $13 million for a new library.

This generous gift from Pat and Bill Munday will allow St. Edward’s University to construct a new library and learning commons. The university will incorporate technology and innovative design into a library that will connect students to information resources around the world. The new facility will reflect 21st century research, learning and teaching practices. Selection of an architect will begin immediately.

“Through their generosity and commitment to higher education, Pat and Bill Munday are transforming the way all students will experience research and learning at St. Edward’s,” said George E. Martin, President of St. Edward’s University. We depend on the generosity of friends like the Mundays, who are helping the university realize its vision to provide a global education for all our students.”

Pat and Bill Munday are the university’s largest donors, having contributed more than $16.2 million since 2003. The Mundays have contributed more than $2.7 million for a scholarship fund that has served more than 115 students with financial need, including 49 current students. Their gift of $385,000 completed fundraising efforts for the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Building – North. Now, their gift of $13 million will provide a state-of-the art library and learning commons that will benefit all members of our university community.

 Because the library impacts the educational experience of students in every discipline, construction of a new library and learning commons is a priority in the university’s master plan and strategic plan. Along with the construction of a new library, the existing Scarborough-Phillips Library, built in 1981, will be renovated.  Early visions for the new library include concepts that will transform the library into a campus center for research activities and group discussion. The new facility will provide an environment conducive to both student team exploration and discovery, and the more traditional concept of individual, independent research.