TROY - Troy University celebrated the completion of its "Building Beyond Boundaries" capital campaign on Friday, announcing the effort had exceeded its goals in raising $258.3 million.
University officials, alumni and friends celebrated the completion of the University's second-ever capital campaign with a banquet Friday night in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Alumnus Dr. Manuel H. Johnson served as Chair of the Campaign, while Dr. Earl V. Johnson and Dr. Harrell McKinney served as co-vice chairs.
The campaign launched in 2006 with a goal of $100 million in traditional fundraising and $100 million in grants and sponsored programs, and exceeded both goals.
"I think if we are to realize the potential we have at this institution, we have to be aggressive, we have to think in an ambitious way and we have to go after all of the support we can. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire community deserve that," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Tonight's celebration is about a campaign that was successful in achieving a record level of support. I'm proud of this success and very proud of all of those who contributed to this effort."
Campaign gifts have helped to fund new buildings or renovation projects on each of TROY's four Alabama campuses, has created 106 new scholarships with more than $6 million in funding, helped to fund new academic programs and spearheaded new initiatives such as the All-Steinway School and study abroad opportunities for students.
"In the final analysis, tonight is all about our students," said Gerald O. Dial, President Pro-Tempore of the University's Board of Trustees. "At every graduation, I watch students walk across that stage, and I am confident Troy University has provided them with the education they need to make their dreams come true. We have a duty to every generation of students to make sure their university has the resources to best serve them."
Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, said the evening represented a celebration of what is possible when friends and supporters of TROY unite behind an effort.
"This campaign is tremendously important," he said. "First, it shows the dedication of the Trojan nation to making this happen, and second, we already have seen the benefits of this campaign. This is not something that we are waiting to tap; we have already seen the evidence of this through the facilities, the programs, the scholarships, the All-Steinway piano initiative - all of that is a part of this campaign. We have already achieved great things as a result of this campaign, and these funds will go a long way toward making us the university we aspire to be."
Earlier on Friday, the University also inducted more than 50 new members into the TROY Shield Society, a giving society made up of individuals who have pledged to make planned gifts to Troy University. The ceremony marked the third induction of members into the group, raising its membership to more than 310 and representing more than $40 million in planned gifts made to the University.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, announces the total raised through the University's "Building Beyond Boundaries" capital campaign during a celebration banquet held Friday night on the Troy Campus. The campaign raised $258.3 million, exceeding the $200 million goal. (TROY Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)