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By Todd Cohen

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Nearly three years after completing a $41 million drive, High Point University is in the quiet phase of new drives to raise $10 million for its athletics program, and $3 million to $3.5 million for its school of education.

The athletics drive, to kick off publicly within a year, has raised nearly $3 million in gifts and pledges, while the education drive has received a $1 million gift, says John C. Lefler, vice president of institutional advancement.

The university also wants to raise roughly $200,000 for its annual fund, including $150,000 through a phone-a-thon now underway and through mail appeals.

The athletics drive aims to raise $3.2 million for a new sports center, $2 million for improvements to baseball and soccer fields, $1 million for a new track and the remainder for scholarships.

Jim and Jesse Millis of High Point have pledged $1.5 million for the sports center, named for former coaches Kitty and Jerry Steele, who also was athletics director.

The education drive would support a new home for the school of education, and a new program for children from birth through kindergarten, with students in the school serving as interns.

Marsha and Jack Slane, former CEO and owner of Slane Hosiery in High Point, have pledged $1 million for the facility, which will total roughly 20,000 square feet and house offices and classrooms now spread over several buildings.

Lefler says the annual fund, launched two years ago to raise unrestricted dollars, is focusing on educating parents and other donors about the school, which has seen its enrollment grow to 3,000 students from 1,400 in early 1986.

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