Gaining Support from Alumni and Friends

A key element in our plan is the capital campaign, designed to boost private support to a yearly level of $100 million by the end of the decade. This is a complex undertaking, requiring the assistance of thousands of individuals even before the public phase of the campaign begins in fall 1995. We owe much to the campaign's executive committee, chaired by Joshua P. Darden (Col '58), and to our National Leadership Gifts Council, headed by Charles L. Brown (Engr '43).

The University has already raised more than $200 million in gifts and pledges, an impressive total at such an early point in the campaign. Nearly $67 million came in 1993-94 alone, up $20 million from $47 million in 1989. The endowment reached $641 million as of June 30, 1994, an all-time high. In truth, the University enjoys the highest level of alumni support of any public university, when measured on a per-alumnus basis. A sampling of significant gifts helps tell the story.

Capital Campaign: Alumni Leadership

When the University officially commences its campaign next fall, Katie Couric (Col '79), coanchor of NBC's Today show, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Jordan Saunders, of New York, will serve as volunteer chair of the campaign kickoff.

The fourteen-member campaign executive committee has provided the University with leadership and policy direction for the fund-raising effort. The committee is composed of some of the University's strongest supporters, who collectively have committed $16 million toward the campaign. They are:

The University is grateful for the support alumni and other friends provide, both of their time and resources, as we face the challenges of the new century. Our determination to make our own way as a state-assisted institution is remarkably consistent with Jefferson's vision for his University. In fact, these new circumstances have given us the impetus to reshape our practices to conform more closely to the Jeffersonian ideal, as the following pages show.

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