The President’s Circle

2016 President

Since 1969, ACU has honored its most generous donors with membership in the President’s Circle.

Members of the President’s Circle change the lives of ACU students by taking a leadership role in their future through unparalleled generosity which funds scholarships, provides facilities and boosts the quality of life on campus.

A cumulative gift of at least $1,000 to the university during a calendar year qualifies the donor for membership.

Members enjoy a unique schedule of benefits and special events as a token of the university’s appreciation for their ongoing partnership, highlighted by the President’s Circle Dinner each February during Sing Song weekend.

Learn more

For more information about the President’s Circle and its benefits or the President’s Circle Dinner, contact Rendi Hahn at rah04a@acu.edu or 325-674-2394. Or, you can give online now to stand with ACU and our students as we work to advance the kingdom of God through the coming years.

President’s Circle Giving Levels

A.B. Barret Circle

Honoring annual giving between $1,000 - $1,999

The school’s founder and first president dreamed of establishing a Christian college in West Texas and saw his dream come true with the establishment of Childers Classical Institute. After two years as president (1906-08), he resigned to become president of Southwestern Christian.

H.C. Darden Circle

Honoring annual giving between $2,000-$4,999

During his tenure as president (1908-09), Darden raised money to retire the school’s debt, enhanced the school’s relationship with the city of Abilene and oversaw Childers Classical’s first Commencement.H.C. Darden CircleHonoring annual giving between $2,000 - $4,999During his tenure as president (1908-09), Darden raised money to retire the school’s debt, enhanced the school’s relationship with the city of Abilene and oversaw Childers Classical’s first Commencement.

R.L. Whiteside Circle

Honoring annual giving between $5,000 - $9,999

As president (1909-11), Whiteside helped establish the Bible School, the forerunner of the annual Bible Lectureship and Summit before returning to the faculty to teach psychology and Bible.

James F. Cox Circle

Honoring annual giving between $10,000 - $24,999

James Cox was selected president in 1911, but his wife became seriously ill, and his brother, A.B. Cox, served in his place. After four years as chair of the education department and eight years as dean, Cox returned to the presidency from 1932-40.

Jesse P. Sewell Circle

Honoring annual giving between $25,000 - $49,999

Under Sewell’s tenure (1912-24), the annual Bible Lectureship (now Summit) began, 12 campus facilities were built, remodeled or enlarged, and Childers Classical Institute officially became Abilene Christian College.

Batsell Baxter Circle

Honoring annual giving of $50,000 or more

Baxter (1924-32) was president when ACU moved from its North First Street campus to the current site, and his relaxing of rules governing students’ social lives led to a proliferation of clubs and organizations.


President’s Roundtable

Honoring lifetime giving of $1 million or more