Investing in Queens' Future campaign exceeds goal
On October 13, 2011, President Pamela Davies announced the successful completion of the Investing in Queens' Future campaign at the 22nd annual Royal Society Dinner.
"Your generosity has literally transformed our university," she told the crowd of alumni and friends.
Just more than $60 million of the campaign funds will be used to fund new and improved facilities. The Rogers Science and Health Building will welcome students in fall 2012, and soon thereafter the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation will open and become a center of campus life.
The campaign also increased funding for scholarships and academic programs. Donors gave more than $11 million to support endowed scholarships, and over the course of the campaign gave nearly $15 million to the Queens Fund to support annual scholarships. Generous gifts also allowed Queens to launch three new academic units: the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education, the Andrew Blair College of Health, and the James L. Knight School of Communication.
In addition to exceeding the campaign goal of $100 million, Queens achieved victory more than a year earlier than planned. In an effort deemed "The Final Mile" donors came together to raise the last $15 million by June 15, 2011 so that the construction of the Levine Center could begin this summer.
"I have come to expect the best from our Queens family," said President Davies, "but the outpouring of support to enable us to reach the goal line was truly overwhelming."
The results of the Investing in Queens' Future campaign will benefit students for generations to come.
Davies thanked Board of Trustees Chairman Ben Jenkins, campaign co-chairs Ravenal and Beth Curry '63 MBA '83, Jim and Dottie Martin '59, and honorary co-chairs Jim and M.A. Rogers for their leadership, saying, "You led more than 9,000 alumni and friends to contribute to this campaign."