An $8 million gift will support construction of a new learning center, scholarships and debt reduction at Asbury University, school officials said.
The donation from an anonymous alum is the largest in the school's 125-year history.
Four million dollars will help build the university's planned $25 million Collaborative Learning Center; $3 million will pay for scholarships; and $1 million will pay off debt.
Asbury said the Collaborative Learning Center will house natural science and math programs, along with its Howard Dayton School of Business. The building is planned to include 10 to 14 science labs and a 300-seat auditorium.
University President Sandra Gray said the gift, along with many others, shows "that alumni, parents and friends believe in Asbury and the difference it makes in the lives of young people."
Gray announced the donation Saturday night during a celebration of Asbury's 125th anniversary in the school's Hughes Auditorium with alumni and four former presidents present.
Asbury — a private, Christian liberal arts university in Wilmore, about 10 miles from Lexington — provides financial aid to more than 95 percent of its students, many of whom are the first from their families to attend college.