Highlands College opens new residential hall—a $20M gift from Hobby Lobby CEO

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Architect design by Turner Batson and construction was completed by Johnson Kries. (Highlands College / Facebook)

A new residence hall is the latest addition to Highlands College’s 70-acre campus in Birmingham, which opened in January 2022. This is the first on-campus living space for Highlands College and they have plans to build a second residential building in the future. Keep reading to learn about the features and the family behind the donation.

Inside the new residential hall

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A look into the dorm rooms. (Highlands College)

The new residential hall includes 126 spacious rooms and bathrooms with a capacity for 252 students. The space also features multiple different gathering spaces inside and outside. Students moved into the facility this month with the start of the spring semester. 

“Our team intentionally designed every inch of this facility to bring students together in an environment of excellence. We are confident that they will build meaningful friendships in this space that will continue through a lifetime of impact.” 

Mark Pettus, President, Highlands College

$20M donation from David Green—Hobby Lobby CEO

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David Green (middle) and his family. (Highlands College)

David Green is most known for his entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to giving back, primarily to Christian organizations. His recent $20M gift to Highlands College has allowed the building of its first student-living building—debt free.

“Our family sees this gift as an investment paying dividends as each graduate fulfills their calling. Highlands College is like no other, it is a community of believers, leaders and learners.”

David Green, CEO and Founder, Hobby Lobby

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Emma Johnston
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