Cal Turner foundation gives $3M to Meharry for new facility

Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:39pm
Staff reports

Meharry Medical College’s campus will soon be expanding thanks to a $3 million gift from the Cal Turner Family Foundation.

The gift will go toward the creation of the Cal Turner Family Center, a proposed 80,000-square-foot facility, in the center of Meharry’s North Nashville campus.

The building will include study and classroom space, auditoriums, a food court, conference space, and a visitor’s center.

“We are tremendously excited about this historic gift because it demonstrates commitment from a leader of Nashville’s philanthropic community in support of our bold and expansive vision for Meharry,” Meharry president Dr. Wayne J. Riley said.

Riley said the school has received more than $25 million in facility upgrades in the last five years.

The Cal Turner Family Foundation is led by former Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr., who said this is the largest gift in the history of the foundation.

“We believe in the Meharry students, many of whom will practice medicine or dentistry in small communities where the Dollar General store is the place to shop,” Turner said. “Our family and our foundation share your passion for faithfully serving this most deserving customer base.”

The $3 million gift, and other financial contributions, lifts the center to one-third of its fundraising goal, according to the school.