Drayton and Elizabeth McLane, Jr.

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Drayton and Elizabeth McLane, Jr.

On March 4, 2012, university officials announced Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Jr., and their family had made the largest gift in the history of Mary Hardin-Baylor for the university’s new football stadium.

“When Elizabeth and Drayton first learned that the university was considering an on-campus football stadium, they immediately expressed an interest in the project and became our greatest champions for making this dream come true,” recalled President Randy O’Rear. “The university has been richly blessed by the friendship and generosity of the McLanes for many years, and we could not be more grateful to Elizabeth, Drayton, and their family for making this transformational gift.”

Temple businessman Drayton McLane, Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth, are well known in Central Texas for their commitment to community organizations and philanthropic activities. Drayton is chairman of the Temple-based McLane Group and is former CEO and chairman of the Houston Astros Baseball Club.

“We decided as a family that we wanted to help UMHB build an on-campus football stadium because we believe that athletic programs play a fundamental role in tying the student body to the university and strengthen school spirit,” McLane said.  “We love supporting UMHB because the university is committed to Christian values, and Christian values have been important to our family for generations.”

“Our son, Drayton III, is a member of the UMHB Board of Trustees; he and his wife, Amy, and their sons Drayton IV, Brooks, and Walker, and our son Denton and his wife, Amy, and sons Jeff and Jake join us in our continued support of Christian higher education at Mary Hardin-Baylor,” McLane continued.  “We are excited about the momentum and direction of the university and want to be a part of what it can accomplish.”

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