The President's Circle

The President's Circle was established in 1969 to bring together those who are the strongest financial supporters of ACU — those who have taken a leadership role by investing strongly in the future of ACU's students.

A cumulative gift of $1,000 or more to the university during the calendar year qualifies the donor for President's Circle membership.

Members enjoy a unique schedule of benefits and special events as a token of the university's appreciation for their ongoing partnership, highlighted by the President's Circle Dinner each February. The 2014 dinner is Feb. 15.

For more information about the President's Circle and its benefits, contact Rendi Hahn by email or by calling 325-674-2394. Or give online now to stand with ACU and our students as we work to advance the kingdom of God through the coming years.


President's Circle Giving Levels

A.B. Barret Circle
Honoring annual giving between $1,000 - $1,999

The school’s founder and first president dreamed of establishing a Christian college in West Texas and saw his dream come true with the establishment of Childers Classical Institute. After two years as president (1906-08), he resigned to become president of Southwestern Christian.

H.C. Darden Circle
Honoring annual giving between $2,000 - $4,999

During his tenure as president (1908-09), Darden raised money to retire the school’s debt, enhanced the school’s relationship with the city of Abilene and oversaw Childers Classical’s first Commencement.

R.L. Whiteside Circle
Honoring annual giving between $5,000 - $9,999

As president (1909-11), Whiteside helped establish the Bible School, the forerunner of the annual Bible Lectureship and Summit before returning to the faculty to teach psychology and Bible.

James F. Cox Circle
Honoring annual giving between $10,000 - $24,999

James Cox was selected president in 1911, but his wife became seriously ill, and his brother, A.B. Cox, served in his place. After four years as chair of the education department and eight years as dean, Cox returned to the presidency from 1932-40.

Jesse P. Sewell Circle
Honoring annual giving between $25,000 - $49,999

Under Sewell’s tenure (1912-24), the annual Bible Lectureship (now Summit) began, 12 campus facilities were built, remodeled or enlarged, and Childers Classical Institute officially became Abilene Christian College.

Batsell Baxter Circle
Honoring annual giving of $50,000 or more

Baxter (1924-32) was president when ACU moved from its North First Street campus to the current site, and his relaxing of rules governing students’ social lives led to a proliferation of clubs and organizations.

 President's Roundtable
Honoring lifetime giving of $1 million or more
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