Anderson University has announced the public phase of a $110 million campaign. The “Dreams, Discovery, Direction” campaign is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date and will raise support for endowment and scholarships; facilities and equipment; academic and student programs; and operational needs. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment and $25 million for operational support. At the time of launch, the university announced that more than $61 million of the campaign goal had been received in gifts and commitments.
“We have been building a platform for this campaign and now we’re at the point to take the next step in our development as an institution,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University [watch President Edwards discuss the campaign on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick]. “This campaign will help identify the dreams of many who make up the AU family as they merge with needs and the unique opportunities of our mission. One of the main goals of this campaign will be to continue to bring distinction to the experiences that students, alumni and friends encounter at this university. They have a great stake in our success."
“Anderson University has laid out a compelling and transformational vision for the future that will strengthen every aspect of the institution and keep it firmly rooted in its historic mission,” said Bill and Gloria Gaither, gospel music legends and National Campaign Advisory Commission co-chairs. “It is an ambitious vision—one that will require all of us to step-up to the challenge in bold new ways proportional to our ability. We are proud to invite others to join us in building that future.”
The last major campaign effort for Anderson University ended in 1999 and raised $83.7 million [picture: proposed Student Center].
“The vision of this campaign seems to have captured the imaginations of many long-time friends of the university,” said Bob Coffman, vice-president for Advancement at Anderson University. “Several have already come forward with major commitments and we have been fortunate to build strong relationships with new friends as well. The campaign presents an opportunity not only to strengthen the institution financially but also to strengthen our ties with alumni, parents and friends across the country and around the world."
Co-chairing the National Campaign Cabinet will be Tom L. Ward, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of SandRidge Energy Inc.; and James B. Winner, president of Winner Advisors [picture: proposed Recital Hall].
“In business, you can tell a lot about a company by the quality of its product,” said Ward. “I first came to know and appreciate Anderson University by observing the quality of its product: outstanding alumni who were leaders in the community and in the church. The future depends upon leaders equipped with a world-class education and a mature faith to face tomorrow’s challenges. The world needs our product. Let’s build it together.”
“You can’t support everything. I understand that,” said Winner. “You have to pick something you believe in and have faith and confidence in. When I see the quality and caliber of graduates coming out of Anderson University, there’s no question that we’re on the verge of doing even greater things." [picture: proposed University Center].
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, education and theology.