Oct. 11, 2011
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech alumnus Mike McCallister, chairman and CEO of Humana, Inc., donated $500,000 to the athletic department's Quest for Excellence capital campaign.
McCallister's personal contribution to the new, state-of-the-art facility for Tech Athletics was matched by The Humana Foundation's $500,000 donation for the expansion of the new College of Business building.
"Since the day he graduated from Louisiana Tech University, Mike McCallister has been active and steadfast in his support of our institution," said Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau. "He continues to inspire us with his commitment to his alma mater and his efforts to provide new opportunities for the students of Louisiana Tech.
"I am grateful for the investments he has made in Louisiana Tech and the generous support he has shown for our student and faculty. Mike is a true champion of our university and its vision for the future."
McCallister, who earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech's College of Business in 1974, has been a loyal supporter of his alma mater since his graduation, earning the 2003 Louisiana Tech Alumnus of the Year.
"On behalf of our students, coaches and staff, I want to express our gratitude to Mike and his family for their generous support of Louisiana Tech and intercollegiate athletics," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "Mike clearly understands and supports the important contribution athletics makes to the institution and the McCallister family gift will certainly help our Quest for Excellence campaign to improve our program and facilities."
In honor of his involvement in and support of Louisiana Tech, McCallister was awarded the coveted Tower Medallion and selected as Louisiana Tech's Alumnus of the Year in 2003. The Tower Medallion is given to Louisiana Tech alumni who have distinguished themselves by exceptional achievement, community service and humanitarian activities.
The new facility will benefit all of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes as it will include a new state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, a new strength and conditioning complex and a new academic center.
Louisiana Tech already ranks among the state and conference leaders in student-athlete graduation rate and in Academic Progress Report rate, and the new academic center will further enhance and emphasize the University's stance on the classroom.
Additionally, the facility will include new coaches' offices and locker rooms for football, baseball, soccer, tennis, softball, golf and track and field. It will house a new administrative suite with offices and meeting areas for the University's athletic administrative staff, including athletics director, media relations, external affairs and business office.
The new facility will also include new meeting rooms, a new auditorium that can be used for large classroom teaching on campus and team and department meetings, a Hall of Fame memorabilia area, a video room with state-of-the-art video capabilities, equipment room and a large premium seating club that will sit high above the south end zone.
Since Louisiana Tech joined the WAC in 2001, its athletic programs have captured 28 team championships and dozens of individual titles.
Individuals wishing to make a gift towards the Quest for Excellence campaign can do so by accessing the official website www.quest4excellence.com or by calling Adam McGuirt at the Marbury Alumni Center at 318-255-7950.