Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc., Makes $200,000 Gift to Francis Marion University's Campaign for Excellence
FLORENCE---Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc., has made a $200,000 commitment to Francis Marion University’s Campaign for Excellence.
The gift, payable over a five-year period, will be used by Francis Marion University’s Biology Department to establish the Burroughs & Chapin Environmental Data Analysis Laboratory and the Burroughs & Chapin Molecular Biology Lab, to be located in the Hugh K. Leatherman Building.
“The university is most grateful for the generosity of corporate citizens like Burroughs & Chapin Co.,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “I am delighted that this company is supporting our campaign. This gift will have a profound impact on our environment as our students study and come to better understand how plants and animals react to changes occurring in our world and, thus, how we should change in order to be sure those delicate balances are maintained. ”
With headquarters in Myrtle Beach, Burroughs & Chapin Co. is a land-based development and operating firm with emphasis on amusements, attractions and recreation; commercial development; and residential real estate development and sales. Although the company has a firm foundation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it now has holdings in other states.
“Throughout its 100-plus year history, Burroughs & Chapin Co. has contributed to a broad spectrum of community needs and is a leader in philanthropic contributions to a wide array of organizations, primarily in Horry County,” said Henry Burroughs, chairman of the company’s Ad Hoc Donations Committee. “We are pleased to be able to support this initiative at Francis Marion University, which is vital to the continued growth and development of the Pee Dee region.”
Julia Krebs, who chairs the Biology Department, said the Environmental Data Analysis Lab will be renovated to provide the technology and programs that prepare students to employ cutting edge tools in data collection and analysis in environmental research.
She also said the Burroughs & Chapin Co. gift will fund the equipment necessary for the Molecular Biology Lab to ensure that FMU students receive both a strong foundation in molecular biology and practical experience in many of the experimental techniques used in research laboratories around the world.
Krebs said the result of these two labs will be that “students will gain direct experience in the practices and behaviors they must master to be successful in their professions, and thus contribute positively to the evolution of our society.”
Biology is one of FMU’s most popular majors with about 350 students presently seeking degrees in the field. A number of FMU graduates have gone on to successful medical and environmental careers in large part because of the strong undergraduate programs in the sciences.
The Campaign for Excellence is in the second year of a five-year effort to raise $12 million to support FMU. To date $8.4 million in gifts and pledges have been received.
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