The Invest in Excellence capital campaign will play a significant role in the future success of Trine University and will aid us in fulfilling our mission to prepare students to succeed, lead and serve. This $75 million campaign will allow us to continue the momentum and path of success that we have been on the past few years.
Three main areas of focus comprise the campaign: annual support to the Trine Fund for operations and annual scholarships; second to capital projects including the Ketner School of Business and Best Hall; and finally, perhaps the most important element, a focus on endowment.
As faculty and programs expand, investments will provide long-term support for their growth. The Invest in Excellence campaign’s focus on endowment will underwrite the classroom experience for our students through scholarship endowments, while faculty salaries will receive enrichment from professorships and endowed chairs. New programs, such as physical therapy, will grow and excel, and as needs grow, our portfolio of programs will broaden.
We must also continue to nurture our campus facilities while we serve our students. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor we received a $5 million commitment that carries with it a matching challenge component for the renovation of Ford Hall and the Ketner School of Business, and to support the Trine University endowment.
Our Jannen School of Arts and Sciences has experienced astounding academic growth. To support our academic programs in Best Hall, now outstripping our most recentlaboratory upgrades in both space and equipment, we must continue to expand our resources while maintaining good stewardship over all that we have attained. The expansion, The Rinker-Ross Memorial Center for the Sciences, will be complete in January 2017.
On many essential fronts, Trine University is poised for expansion and even more success. Invest in Excellence will build strongly on established momentum to take the institution to the next level and to ensure our endowment for a strong legacy.
Donors are more receptive and engaged than ever before and through their exemplification that success truly contributes to success, we secured over $40 million dollars in the silent phase of this campaign. We have raised over $70 million of our goal of $75 million. We want to thank each and every one of you for your support of Trine University and our efforts as we continue to drive the Invest in Excellence campaign.
Your contributions directly impact our students, faculty, staff, facilities, overall campus community - and help to endow a legacy that breeds success. We have much work to do and we thank you for your current and future assistance and support.