Engineering School Raises Campaign Goal To $50 Million
29, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's School of
Engineering and Applied Science has surpassed its previous campaign
goal of $37.5 million and today announced it has increased its goal
to $50 million by the end of 2000.
to the incredible generosity of engineering school alumni, corporate
partners, foundations and friends we have far exceeded the expectations
of the original goal, set in 1995," said F. Hudnall Christopher,
a 1955 engineering school graduate and chairman of the fundraising
campaign. "However, more work remains. There are several major new
projects currently being considered that were not in the original
campaign plan but that present us with exciting opportunities to
advance teaching and research."
33 percent jump in the fundraising goal comes as the school expects
to record about $45 million in gifts by the end of the year. The
school has received commitments for several million-dollar-plus
gifts from both companies and individuals over the past 12 months,
including The Whitaker Foundation, Allied Signal Inc., IBM Corp.,
Linwood A. "Chip" Lacy, Jr., of Richmond, and Colgate Darden III,
of Lexington, S.C. Several more million-dollar gifts are likely
in the near future as well, said Thomas N. Connors, vice president
for development at the engineering school.
gifts have enabled the school to strengthen its faculty by creating
three new endowed chairs, the L.A. Lacy Chair in Engineering, the
Shirley Carter Olsson Chair in Ethics and the Brent Halsey Visiting
Chair in Chemical Engineering. Funds for student scholarships also
have been growing, but needs remain. In particular, the school would
like to add financial support to the Rodman Scholars program, an
honors program for exceptional engineering students who pursue an
enriched, intensive curriculum.
are continuing needs for state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and
facilities to attract research talent at all levels. Recent overhauls
of the curriculum for the Rodman program and other courses also
have demanded resources as have the school's continuing efforts
to attract a diverse student body and launch new international initiatives.
And there is an ongoing need to supplement faculty salaries to attract
and retain outstanding teachers and scholars.
in 1836, U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science offers
a diverse program in engineering education, with special focus areas
in information technology, technology in medicine, microelectronics
and semiconductors, and advanced materials.
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858.