A campaign to raise $200 million in private funds over seven years at Missouri University of Science and Technology ended on a successful note Wednesday (June 30), with the university surpassing the fundraising goal by nearly $12 million.
Missouri S&T raised $211.8 million through the Advancing Excellence Campaign, which began on July 1, 2003.
The campaign goal was to raise $200 million in private support to fund scholarships, support faculty and programs, upgrade facilities and equipment, and increase corporate funding for research. Donations to the campaign included gifts from 22,000 alumni, corporations, foundations, friends of the university, faculty, staff and students, as well as private grants.
Despite the nationwide economic downturn that began in the fall of 2008, donations to the Advancing Excellence Campaign remained strong, says Missouri S&T Chancellor John F. Carney III.
“Our alumni tell us that their Rolla experience was the key to their success in their lives and careers, and during this campaign 35 percent of our alumni showed their gratitude to the university through their generous gifts,” Carney says. “Their gifts have created new scholarships for students, attracted outstanding instructors and researchers to our campus, and enhanced our technological facilities and equipment.”
Nearly 15,000 alumni contributed funds to the university during the Advancing Excellence Campaign.
Among the major accomplishments during the Advancing Excellence Campaign were the following:
The Advancing Excellence Campaign coincided with record enrollment growth for Missouri S&T and a name change for the university. Prior to Jan. 1, 2008, Missouri S&T was known as the University of Missouri-Rolla. The university changed its name to Missouri University of Science and Technology to better reflect its focus on engineering, science and technology.