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Oklahoma Christian University Alumni Donates $1.5 Million

( [email protected] ) Sep 08, 2004 03:06 PM EDT

Lesa and Charlies Branch announced that they are pledging $1.5 million to Oklahoma Chrisitan University in an honor to its alma mater.

The major gift will support of the university's major campus facility, Bibilical Studies Center, which is rededicated as the Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies. Its new name was announced at a Friday ceremony by the university President Mike O’Neal.

At the ceremony, the Branches were joined by their parents, whose names now grace the Biblical Studies Center. Charles and Joyce Williams of Oklahoma City, as well as Charles and Sylvia Branch of San Antonio.

A 1977 graduate of Oklahoma Christian, Charles Branch is a neurosurgeon and the chair of Wake Forest University's Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Branch says the couple was blessed to gain the financial ability to help their school, and says it's mission is of tremendous importance.