Rebels get $5M for student-athlete center

Published 11:58 am Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A gift from FedEx Corporation will help Ole Miss student-athletes succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The company recently donated $2.5 million to the Ole Miss Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to enhance the existing FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center. In addition to the FedEx gift, an anonymous donor has contributed $2.5 million, for a total of $5 million to support the center.

“We are extremely grateful for these major gifts, which will enable us to construct additional one-on-one tutoring rooms, small-group and large-group tutoring rooms, and counselor and student lounges within the FedEx Center,” said Ross Bjork, UM director of athletics.

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“At FedEx, we’re all about connecting people and possibilities around the world,” said Mike Glenn, executive vice president of market development and corporate communications for FedEx Corp. and a 1977 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. “We believe one of the most important connections is the one between a quality education and a successful career.”

The FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center is a 24,500-square-foot building, which houses all aspects of student-athlete development in the athletics department. The facility includes academic counselor, learning specialist and life skills offices, a large conference room, 12 large- and small-group tutoring rooms, two large Mac and Dell computer labs and a micro study lab area, a math and writing lab, and a 150-seat multimedia classroom called the FedEx Auditorium.

The facility is equipped with more than 150 computers and laptops that help drive student-athlete success.

“Our student-athletes are expected to put in the hours and hours of practice it takes to be successful on their respective teams while also keeping their grades high, so they can be successful in life after collegiate sports,” Bjork said. “The center gives them a home base where they can study and receive any academic and life skills support they may need.”

The $150 million Forward Together campaign was launched in 2011 to strengthen Ole Miss athletics in its continuous commitment to excellence. With the help of 3,425 donors, the Forward Together campaign achieved its goal in November 2015 – in just over a four-year span – raising $155 million. The campaign goal since has been extended to $200 million.

To learn more about the Forward Together campaign and the Vaught Society, contact Keith Carter at or call 662-915-7159.