Anderson University recently announced to the Board of Trustees that the institution has exceeded the $113 million mark of the $110 million Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign goal. The public phase of the Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University was officially launched on Oct. 5, 2006, and is the university’s largest campaign to date.
“We are so delighted to report a remarkable success in the Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Exceeding this aggressive goal in the context of our global economic challenges is an amazing accomplishment. We are grateful to our campaign leadership, particularly Jim Winner, Tom Ward, and Bill and Gloria Gaither, for their unwavering commitments, wise counsel, and generosity. We are also deeply thankful for our staff in advancement led by Vice President for Advancement Robert Coffman, for their untiring guidance and exceptional service to our donor-partners. With much yet to accomplish, we are aware that God has blessed us, and our friends are exceptionally strong in their commitments to Anderson University, to our staff and faculty, and especially to our promising students.”
The Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign was designed to raise support for endowment and scholarships, facilities and equipment, academic and student programs, and operational needs. The last major campaign for Anderson University, with a goal of $75 million, ended in 1999 and raised $83.7 million.
“This is a tremendous achievement for Anderson University, thanks to the generosity of so many members of the Anderson University family,” said Louis Gerig, chair of the AU board of trustees and president of Sease, Gerig & Associates in Indianapolis, Ind. “This goal was achieved during difficult economic times and proves that our friends will support us based on the quality of our graduates, the excellence of our programs, and our mission to be servant leaders in the world. I want to thank President Edwards and his staff for their ongoing leadership that brought us to this moment.”
The campaign drew support from foundations, organizations, and more than 7,000 individuals — including faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and friends of the university — who contributed more than $100 million to the campaign effort. More than 80 percent of Anderson University faculty and staff alone committed in excess of $4 million in gifts and pledges. Approximately 650 churches and religious organizations contributed more than $2.6 million. More than 80 new endowed scholarships have been established at Anderson University.
“I am so proud of literally thousands of friends who found a way to support the mission of AU during what has been the most challenging economic times since the Great Depression,” said Robert Coffman, vice president for advancement at Anderson University. “At a time when it would have been so easy to suspend their support, so many faithful friends have kept Anderson University on their reordered list of financial priorities. It has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students as they and their families have faced their own challenges in finding a way to fulfill their dreams of academic and Christian discovery at Anderson University.”
The comprehensive campaign has touched virtually every aspect of the university. Notable additions to the university facilities include significant improvements to the university’s athletic complex that were vital to attracting the Indianapolis Colts to return to Anderson for their summer training camp, beautification and improvement of the university’s Fifth Street corridor, and construction of an education and conference venue at the Flagship Enterprise Center.
Gifts from Dr. James and Dr. Elizabeth York provided funding for construction of dedicated housing for School of Theology students at York Seminary Village as well as the York Performance Hall and Galleries currently under construction on the campus. In addition, the Yorks contributed a world-class collection of rare books, including children’s literature works viewed by experts among the top such collections in the country, along with funds for a special reading room and storage areas. The family also provided a match to gifts for renovation of the School of Theology facilities.
The campaign featured several examples of local partnerships. STAR Financial Bank provided funds for the creation of a soon-to-be dedicated simulated stock trading room to enhance the preparation of students in the Falls School of Business. The development of the Austin Education Technology laboratory for Education majors was underwritten by a gift from the estate of Robert Austin who served as the university counsel for many years, and St. John’s Health Systems and Community Hospital Anderson each supported acquisition of special state-of-the-art equipment for nursing education.
Co-chairing the National Campaign Cabinet were James B. Winner, president of Winner Advisors, and Tom L. Ward, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of SandRidge Energy, Inc. Gospel music artists and alumni Bill and Gloria Gaither served as co-chairs of the National Campaign Advisory Commission.
For more information about the Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University, visit www.anderson/campaign or contact the Anderson University Office of Development at (800) 421-1025.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America’s top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.