Dressed in their best black-tie and gold apparel, alumni, donors and guests gathered in Jesse Auditorium for the historical announcement of the $334.7 million raised since the initiation of MU’s capital campaign in 2001.
David Housh, vice chancellor of development and alumni relations, attributed the campaign’s success to the generosity of alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and grant agencies as well as faculty, staff, administrators and students.
Campaign national steering committee co-chair Larry McMullen presented the campaign’s long-term fund-raising goal to raise $600 million by the end of 2005.
“It’s a very, very ambitious goal,” McMullen said. “We’ve never attempted to raise anything like $600 million; the previous campaign had a goal of $175 million, and we thought that was a lot.”
Campaign plans include 14 different public announcements across the country in areas with large numbers of alumni including Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco and Houston, Housh said.
“We’re going to contact people one-on-one to remind them of what they owe to the university for what it's given to them,” McMullen said. “They know that. They just need to be reminded of it.”
UM System President Elson Floyd thanked the guests in attendance: “For all that we call Mizzou, I thank you very much for what you do today, what you do tomorrow but, more importantly, what you have done to sustain and nurture the presence of this world-class university.”