University celebrated its most successful fundraising campaign to
date, closing with a grand total of $58.5 million donated over the
past five years.
overwhelming support helped the university exceed its goal by $2.5
president Dr. Robert Scott said Monday that the "Campaign for
Adelphi University: Building Adelphi's Future One Story at a Time"
was the most prosperous fundraising cause in the university's
with speeches, student performances and a refreshment/dessert party,
the event was a very proud moment for Adelphi faculty, staff,
students and university supporters alike.
completion of Adelphi's first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign
represents a significant milestone in the ongoing success story of
the university. The philanthropic support has been transformative,”
said Dr. Scott. “The campaign allows us to build a stronger
University for today and tomorrow.”
Monday afternoon celebration held on campus at the Performing Arts
Center recognized the generosity of more than 16,000 individual
donors. Two record-breaking signature donations of $9.5 million were
given by Adelphi board of trustees chairman Robert B. Willumstad '05
(Hon.), for whom the School of Business is now named after, and
former trustee Carol A. Ammon M.B.A. '79, '10 (Hon.), who donated in
honor of her late mother Ruth S. Ammon, for whom the School of
Education is named.
on campus facilities such as Motamed Field and Polack Plaza and the
Horace G. McDonell Summer Research Science Fellowship Program are
also the result of generous additions to the campaign. Fourteen
additional gifts of $1 million or more were given by 13 benefactors,
and more than 28,000 gifts were received by the Annual Fund from
deepest thanks goes to Dr. Scott for his dedication, vision and
leadership, and to the many donors who supported the campaign and
believed strongly in Adelphi's mission and future,” said trustee
and campaign co-chair Leon M. Pollack '63, a member of the
university's Million Dollar Round Table. “Our community and alumni
responded in an overwhelmingly positive way to our first-ever
comprehensive campaign, and I am incredibly proud and grateful for
what we have accomplished together.”
donations have enabled Adelphi to create 112 new scholarships as well
as provide funds for faculty development. New buildings like the
Center for Recreation and Sports, Performing Arts Center and the
Alice Brown Early Learning Center are now part of Adelphi's campus,
as well as the newly renovated Woodruff Hall gym, which was one of
the university's original three buildings on the Garden City campus.
also met their $3.6 million challenge grant presented by The Kresge
Foundation, an organization that works to
create opportunity and have community impact.
programs such as dance and music have been greatly enhanced by the
campaign and new facilities are seeing enrollment increases of 20
percent. Students in social work and education are able to interact
with children through field work at the Alice Brown Early Learning
Center. The Center for Recreation and Sports allowed Adelphi to
increase participation in intramural sports and recreation by 30
percent since its 2008 opening. The university has also sponsored
multiple sold-out events hosting influential individuals such as
Olympian Michael Phelps, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and renowned
anthropologist Jane Goodall.
a very proud moment for me as chairman,” said Willumstad. “The
campaign inspired individuals from a range of backgrounds to give
generously and unite, which has brought a renewed energy to campus.
In addition, this enables Adelphi to continue to uphold the highest
standards of educational excellence while serving the broader
the launch of the campaign in October 2007, Adelphi has been
recognized by The Fiske Guide to Colleges
as one of the
nation's “best and most interesting” institutions and for seven
consecutive years has been listed among a select number of “Best
Buys” in higher education.
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