The President's Circle

Since 1969, ACU has honored its most generous donors with membership in the President's Circle.

Members of the President's Circle change the lives of ACU students by taking a leadership role in their future through unparalleled generosity which funds scholarships, provides facilities and boosts the quality of life on campus.

A cumulative gift of at least $1,000 to the university during a calendar year qualifies the donor for 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 during Sing Song weekend.

2016 President's Circle Dinner

The 2016 President's Circle Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 20, focused on the theme of community. Three videos were shown throughout the evening highlighting our communities of educators and learners, followed by a video spotlighting two donors and why they have chosen to give to ACU.

Click on the images below to watch the videos: 

Our Business Leader Community Our Public Service Community
Leadership SummitSupreme Court
Our Global Community Why We Give
GhanaWhy we give

Click here to see photos from the 2016 dinner.

The 2017 dinner will be Saturday, Feb. 18.

Learn more

For more information about the President's Circle and its benefits or the President's Circle Dinner, contact Rendi Hahn by email at 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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