The Board of Trustees for the Catholic Student Center formed a Building Committee in January 2014 to focus on the details needed to make this dream a reality. The Buliding Committee hired Parkhill Smith & Cooper to design the new facility. The fundraising goal set by the Building Committee is $1.8 million.
A portion of the Raider Promise Campaign will provide furnishings, fixtures, and equipment, as well as security, A/V systems, landscaping, and a parking lot for the building that John Saleh's bequest made possible.
The remaining funds, about $1.3 million, will be used to establish a permanent endowment to support the ongoing operations and programming for the new Catholic Student Center. St. Elizabeth University Parish has been very generous in support of the Catholic Student Center through the history of the program. This endowment is intended to reduce any potential financial burden taken on by the parish.
As the parish has grown, so have the facilities, and the additional cost of the new Catholic Student Center would place an undo strain on the current financial status of the parish community. The parish will continue to support the Catholic Student Center as much as possible, but the Board of Trustees wishes to become financially independent so the ministry provided can continue to expand to the growing number of students at Texas Tech University.
The bequest of John Saleh is invested in an LLC administered by a board of directors, independent of Saint Elizabeth University Parish and the Diocese of Lubbock.