Making an Impact

Construction Begins on Estes-Speight Family Athletic Center

By Emily Parker
Photo: Estes-Speight Family Athletic Center rendering provided by Inland Construction

Meredith College broke ground in the fall 2023 on the Estes-Speight Family Athletic Center which will include athletic training space for softball, tennis, and golf. Chris Speight Brown, ’76, along with her siblings, gave a $1 million lead gift to name the center in memory of their mother, Mary Estes Speight, ’53, and their father, Bobby Speight.

Artistic rendering of the new Estes-Speight Athletic Center.
Phillips and Alderman visit campus in October 2023 to meet some of Meredith’s current international students and enjoyed lunch together.

By Emily Parker

Margaret Weatherspoon Parker, ’38, was a strict parent with high expectations of her two daughters. So when Anne Parker Phillips, ’66, and Mary Stuart Parker Alderman, ’71, decided they wanted to honor their mother with a gift to Meredith College, they wanted to make sure it would be something she would have been proud to support.

The meredith seal on the fountain on a spring day.

More than 130 years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, we’re a nationally-ranked community of thousands going far and going strong – together. As we carry our work forward into the future, we want to share an alumnae resource that can help you care for yourself, your loved ones, and your community for years to come.

Support Meredith

Gifts to Meredith College make a difference to the entire Meredith community and keep our students going strong!

Visit and make a gift that addresses the College’s greatest needs, select a more specific way to make an immediate impact on the College, make a long-term, endowed gift, or a gift through your will or trust.  

Also, learn how you can attend future events or how you can volunteer. Connect with other alumnae and students through the Meredith Mentors program.

Visit to stay connected and reach out to an Institutional Advancement staff member to assist you if you have questions. To make a gift, visit

Johnson Hall in the evening light.