AUSTIN, Texas (November 19)—Mary and Bob Wright, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Stacey Wright, of Dallas, Texas, have pledged $4 million toward Austin Seminary’s new Learning and Information Center. This represents the largest single non-estate gift in Austin Seminary’s 116-year history. This is the second gift by the Wrights to the Seminary’s Weaving Promise and Practice into Ministry campaign. In 2013 they funded the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair of Homiletics to honor their long-time pastor upon his retirement from Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church where the Wrights have been members for more than fifty years.
As he announced the gift to the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees, President Theodore J. Wardlaw said, “It is my pleasure to offer our profound thanks tonight to the Wright family. Bob and Mary also contributed generously to the Anderson House student apartment building in 2007. Now they—along with their children have put their hearts and their resources behind The Mary and Robert J. Wright Learning and Information Center which will include on the fourth floor the largest assembly space we will have, and it will bear the names of Michael and Stacey Wright.”
The Wright families live in Dallas. Bob Wright has business interests in health care, aviation, aircraft avionics, real estate, energy, and internet technologies. Mary Wright is an artist, teacher, interior designer, and founder of Medical Space Design, Inc. Michael Wright, who serves on the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees, has experience in corporate finance, healthcare development and leasing, and corporate aviation. He is vice president of Medical Cities, Inc. and is a partner of Business Jet Center and Business Jet Access based at Dallas Love Field. Michael and Stacey have been active members of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church for over 35 years.
The Mary and Robert J. Wright Learning and Information Center will surround and include The David and Jane Stitt Library. Construction will begin upon completion of the $16.5 million fund-raising goal.