Davidson College launched its comprehensive $425 million campaign, Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World, Nov. 14, 2014. After the first year of the campaign's public phase, fundraising totals have surpassed $272 million, which exceeds the dollars raised in the college's previous Let Learning Be Cherished campaign that ended in 2005.
Gifts and commitments from more than 12,000 alumni, parents and friends support the Game Changers campaign through scholarships, athletics, experiential learning, the arts, capital projects and general unrestricted support.
"The first year of the Game Changers campaign has made a significant impact on the college, and I am inspired by the early achievement and the ways it will motivate others to consider how they can make a difference," said President Carol Quillen. "We appreciate every alumnus/a, parent, faculty member, staff member, student and friend who has chosen to support this important effort. Students' lives-game changers' lives-are transformed in deep and meaningful ways by the gifts made to scholarships, faculty, arts and athletics initiatives, international education, capital projects and transition to impact programs."
The college has celebrated many successes in the campaign to date. More than $120 million has been raised for scholarships-the top priority of the campaign-resulting in 50 new scholarships and support of many others. The college also welcomed the 100th Terry Scholar to campus this fall. The Terry scholarship program was created by Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Emeritus William Holt "Will" Terry '54, who died earlier this year. More than $10 million has also been raised for faculty support and research, including the funding of one new endowed professorship.
"Support for scholarships is the primary focus of this campaign, and I am honored to be a part of the college's commitment to educational excellence and access," said John McCartney '74, campaign co-chair. "I have seen the difference scholarships can make in the lives of students. Not only do they make it possible for them to consider Davidson; they also allow them to thrive once they are on campus and provide confidence as they move into post-graduate roles. Higher education should be a realistic goal for all students, and for Davidson, we need to ensure that the most talented students in the country can find a home at this extraordinary place."
Physical changes on campus showcase the generosity of campaign donors, as well. This past weekend, students, alumni, parents, coaches, faculty and friends attended the dedication and open house celebration for the $13 million Harry L. Vance Athletic Center, an enhancement to Baker Sports Complex. The late Harry L. Vance was a member of the Davidson College Class of 1926 and still holds the record for most varsity letters earned by a scholar athlete at Davidson. Vance's daughter, Ann Ginn, and her husband, Samuel, of Hillsborough, Calif., issued a $4 million challenge that inspired many to give and make this dream a reality.
Also this semester the college opened the new Davidson College Golf House at River Run Country Club, a space that will provide enhanced experiences for members of the golf team and move recruitment and training efforts forward.
More than $74 million was raised to construct the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, which will be the largest academic building on campus and a hub for transdisciplinary learning. Named for the late Craig Wall '59, former Board of Trustees chair and decorated alumnus, the center is a 149,000-square-foot LEED Silver certified project that will enable innovative forms of learning and provide a premier, collaborative space for chemistry, biology, psychology, neuroscience and environmental studies, as well as gathering spaces for the arts, lectures and community building. Construction continues to move forward.
"Davidson students should have the opportunity to learn and grow in exceptional spaces that meet their changing needs," said Alison Hall Mauzé '84, campaign co-chair. "The Wall Academic Center will transform the way students and faculty engage in collaborative and transdisciplinary study, and unexpected discussions will become more commonplace. One of the most special aspects of a Davidson education is the relationships that are formed around campus, and this incredible new space will further support the development of those connections."
Support through the campaign has resulted in new programs, as well. The Davidson Impact Fellows program is a post-graduate fellowship initiative that enables recent Davidson graduates to work with organizations that address critical social issues, such as health, education and the environment. The Davidson Venture Fund allows students and young alumni to compete for seed funding to accelerate the growth of their ventures while networking and learning from seasoned entrepreneurs. The College Advising Corps supports high-need students as they navigate the complex processes of college admissions and matriculation and securing financial aid.
During the first public year of the Game Changers campaign, more than 2,000 alumni and parents attended campaign events in Davidson, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago. This year will include celebrations in Boston, Houston, San Antonio, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Los Angeles.
Campaign priorities embody Davidson's promise to students and to a changing world. By enhancing initiatives that promote lifelong learning and creative problem solving, Davidson will be a catalyst within liberal arts education, preparing future generations for lives of leadership and service. Join the campaign by learning more or making a gift.