Cal Turner Family Foundation Provides Historic $3 Million Lead Gift To Build Meharry Medical College Campus Center
Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MBA, MPH, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College, is pleased to announce a lead gift from the Cal Turner Family Foundation to build a campus center at Meharry.
Preliminary plans for the Cal Turner Family Center at Meharry call for an approximately 80,000 square-foot-building located in the center of campus that will include auditoria, study and classroom space, a food court, space for conferences, events and educational seminars and a visitor’s center. The Cal Turner Family Center will also serve as a community resource available for use by civic organizations, social groups and medical, dental and public health interests.
The Cal Turner Family Center will be the first building on Meharry’s campus to bear the name of a Nashville philanthropic family. It will join similar facilities in Nashville as a resource for the public and will serve as a visible sign of Meharry’s progress, growth and commitment to its students and the community.
“We are tremendously excited about this historic gift because it demonstrates commitment from a leader of Nashville’s philanthropic community in support of our bold and expansive vision for Meharry,” Dr. Riley said. “The Cal Turner Family Center ushers in a new era of growth at Meharry – a path we started 5 years ago and now, with more than $25 Million in facilities and campus upgrades already complete, this gift puts us firmly on the path to build a modern facility on campus for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to enjoy.”
The gift from the Cal Turner Family Foundation, led by former Dollar General Chairman and CEO and Nashville philanthropist and civic leader Cal Turner, Jr., combined with additional financial commitments, lifts Meharry’s campus center project to one-third of its fundraising goal.
“The Cal Turner Family Foundation believes in the mission of Meharry Medical College. We are impressed with Meharry’s leadership, and, most importantly, we believe in the Meharry students, many of whom will practice medicine or dentistry in small communities where the Dollar General store is the place to shop. Our family and our foundation share your passion for faithfully serving this most deserving customer base. This is the single largest gift the Cal Turner Family Foundation has ever made, and having our name on this new building, at the heart of the Meharry campus, is a cherished honor of our family,” Turner said.
About Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution that is ranked second among all 141 medical schools in the social mission of medical education. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.