Engineering School Reaches $50 Million Campaign Goal
12, 2000 -- The
University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science
has met its campaign goal of $50 million a year ahead of schedule
and nine months after boosting its original goal from $37.5 million.
have exceeded our goal thanks to the wonderful generosity of engineering
school alumni, foundations, corporate partners, and friends," said
F. Hudnall Christopher Jr., a 1955 engineering school graduate and
chairman of the fundraising campaign. "These gifts will clearly
help build a foundation for our vision of what the Engineering School
should be in the years ahead."
gifts have enabled the Engineering School to strengthen its program
in a number of ways, including the establishment of two distinguished
professorships in engineering -- two faculty chairs endowed with
$1 million or more -- according to Thomas N. Connors, the Engineering
Schools vice president for development.
contributions also will provide more scholarship support to undergraduate
students. In particular, the school plans to expand the financial
component of the Rodman Scholars program, an honors program for
exceptional engineering students.
the campaign, the school received commitments for several million-dollar-plus
gifts from companies, foundations and individuals, including The
Whitaker Foundation, Allied Signal Inc., IBM Corp., MCIWorldCom
Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Massey Foundation, Linwood A. "Chip" Lacy
Jr. of Richmond, Colgate W. Darden III of Lexington, S.C., A. Thomas
Young of Potomac, Md., and a generous anonymous donor.
to the Engineering Schools campaign count in the Campaign
for the University of Virginia, which in December passed its $1
billion fund-raising goal, a year ahead of schedule.
$50 million allows us to meet basic needs that were identified in
the early 1990s," said Engineering School Dean Richard W. Miksad.
"But the world keeps changing. To move the school forward,
we must anticipate the future needs of our students. So we will
continue to work with alumni, faculty, corporate partners and others
to pursue excellence in our focus areas and throughout the school."
funding is being sought in several areas, in particular, strengthening
endowments for student and faculty support. U.Va.s Engineering
School competes with the countrys other top universities for
talented students, both undergraduate and graduate, and for teaching
and research faculty.
school also plans to strengthen its information technology programs
with the construction of a new building and hiring of new faculty
to help meet the strong demand for computer science classes, not
just for engineering students but for students throughout the University.
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, advanced materials,
and microelectronics and semiconductors.
more information about the Engineering School campaign, call Tom
Connors at (804) 924-7509.
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858