Dollye Neal Ballenger
"A woman of faith ... focused, determined, persistent; she knows exactly what she wants and why", that is the way Midland College President David Daniel characterized benefactor Dollye Neal Ballenger when the Dollye Neal Chapel was dedicated in 2004 on the campus of Midland College.
Mrs. Ballenger intended the Chapel to be "a place apart" - for students, staff, faculty, friends and the community. As a setting for weddings, memorial services, meetings and a place where Midlanders can engage in private meditation and reflection, the Dollye Neal Chapel has become very much a part of campus and community life. When Mrs. Ballenger died in 2007, the Dollye Neal Chapel had already become a living tribute to her faith and determination. The Chapel was the fulfillment of the vision she had in 2003, when she gave a gift to the Midland College Foundation that funded the construction and continuing maintenance of the Chapel.
Mrs. Ballenger gave the money for the Chapel specifying that she did not intend the Chapel to promote any particular religious viewpoint or affiliation, and her gift covered the entire cost of construction. And, an additional gift to cover all maintenance costs assured that no money from Midland College's operating budget was appropriated for the construction of the Chapel, or will be appropriated for its ongoing maintenance.
In May 2006, the design for the Dollye Neal Chapel — by the firm of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper — received an Honor Award, the highest award given by the Lubbock Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Mrs. Ballenger also contributed to the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, the Fox Science Building, Friends of the Series, and the Doctor's Day Scholarship.