UK Kicks Off Campaign with Celebration

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

 

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The campaign’s success gave university officials the confidence to expand its fund-raising goal by an additional $400 million, to be reached by the end of 2007, bringing the new total goal to $1 billion.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2004) -- A campuswide picnic celebration marking the kickoff of The Campaign for the University of Kentucky, Phase II: Dream, Challenge, Succeed, was held today at UK’s Patterson Office Tower and Main Building Plazas.

Hundreds of UK faculty, staff and students joined UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and members of the National Steering Committee to celebrate the official beginning of an ambitious campaign to raise $1 billion for UK.

“Last year, UK celebrated the successful completion of its first capital campaign, having raised $618 million,” said Todd. “Endowed chairs, professorships, fellowships and scholarships were established that now make it possible to recruit and retain the very best faculty and students at UK. But, there are still many dreams that can only be successfully realized through private funding.”

Todd said they include:

  • Aspiring to be a top-20 public university as mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly;
  • Establishing more scholarships and fellowships to continue to attract the best and brightest students, and to encourage them to remain in Kentucky;
  • Creating more professorships and endowed chairs to recognize and support outstanding faculty who teach our students, as well as those who conduct the cutting-edge research that fuels our economy and positively impacts our well-being; and
  • Building new facilities that will provide lecture halls and study areas for our growing student body, and offices and laboratories for our world-class faculty.

“The campaign provides a wonderful opportunity to make the University of Kentucky an even greater place and truly one of national prominence,” said Mike Richey, UK associate vice president for development and chief development officer. “We must use the campaign to strengthen and expand the excellence of the university’s programs and allow alumni and friends to fulfill their charitable goals.”

The campaign’s success gave university officials the confidence to expand its fund-raising goal by an additional $400 million, to be reached by the end of 2007, bringing the new total goal to $1 billion.

For more information about The Campaign for the University of Kentucky, Phase II: Dream, Challenge, Succeed, go to the Web site.


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