The Campaign National Tour Stops in Sacramento for an Evening in the State Capitol

March 23, 2016

On Friday, March 18, Biola University’s Campaign National continued its 16-city tour with a stop in Sacramento, Calif. Almost 100 alumni, parents and friends gathered at the Library Galleria, just a few blocks from the state capitol building, to learn more about Biola’s bold vision for the future, propelled by the fundraising campaign “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.”

The campaign, a $180 million comprehensive campaign to raise support for student scholarships, facilities, academic centers and online learning is the largest and first comprehensive campaign in university history. To date, more than $169 million has been raised towards these goals.

Alumnus and former California Secretary of Education Glen Thomas (’68) joined guests as the keynote speaker for the evening, sharing about his experience at Biola, and why he believes Biola plays a crucial role in our society.

“It is our responsibility to pass on the truth claims of the Christian faith to the next generation of believers, and this is the very leadership role that Biola University is taking in today’s world,” said Thomas, adding “Aside from faithful support of our local church, I believe there is no better way to financially support kingdom advancement than by supporting Biola.”

Biola University President Barry H. Corey briefly updated guests on the state of the university, highlighting recent changes like the addition of Blackstone Hall and the exciting work of Biola’s academic centers. He also shared the exciting news about breaking ground on the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health at the end of February.

Following the university update, Dr. Corey introduced guests to the details of the campaign, emphasizing the four priorities, including student affordability and continued funding for the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health. He shared with them his excitement and thankfulness for God’s faithfulness at the progress of the campaign.

“We are 94% of the way towards our goal, and only 86% of the way through our timeline, so we are making great progress,” Corey said.

Alumnae Rachel Johnston, Women’s Pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, Calif., also shared about her experience as a Biola student and then as a Biola parent, emphasizing how Biola prepared her for her work at Bayside, and how she sees the same formative preparation happening in the life of her Biola student.

At the close of the event, guests in Sacramento were invited to partner with Biola and support the campaign. An anonymous alumni couple in attendance that night generously offered a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $25,000 for anything raised at this Sacramento event. Thanks to their generosity, and the generosity of those in attendance, over $185,000 was raised for the campaign that evening, bringing the total raised on the Campaign National Tour to nearly $300,000.

The Campaign National Tour continues with back-to-back events in Washington, D.C. on April 1 and New York City on April 2. For the full schedule and to register for future events, visit

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