TROY — Troy University officials tonight revealed that the University has raised more than $167 million towards completion of a $200 million capital campaign that will support continued growth and development at TROY for years to come.
Launched in 2008, the Building Beyond Boundaries capital campaign is a fundraising initiative with the goal of helping the University attract the best and brightest students and faculty, excel in athletics, provide infrastructure to propel growth and lead the way in global education. To date the campaign has raised $167,925,923.
University officials made the public announcement of the campaign during TROY's 125th Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event also recognized TROY donors including members of the Shield Society, the University's planned giving society, and the Circle of 125, a special group of donors who are supporting the University's yearlong 125th birthday celebration.
"When I agreed to chair the capital campaign about six years ago I knew it would be a rewarding experience," said TROY alumnus Dr. Manuel H. Johnson, chair of the Building Beyond Boundaries campaign. "During my career in higher education … I've observed that a great university can never have enough beautiful buildings and can never have enough outstanding students. We should always strive to make it better."
TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., said the capital campaign is a vital investment in the future of TROY.
"The campaign is titled 'Building Beyond Boundaries' and it's not about money -- it's about lives changed. It's about giving these students every benefit and the very best that we can give them," Dr. Hawkins said.
Funds raised by the Building Beyond Boundaries campaign consists of both planned and current gifts to the University that will support various academic programs, scholarships, new technology and construction projects.
Among the completed projects funded by the initiative are the expansion of the Riddle-Pace Baseball Field, the renovation and expansion of Bibb Graves Hall, and the development of the University's first doctoral program, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Upcoming projects that will be supported by the capital campaign include the riverfront academic facility in Phenix City and a new academic building for the Dothan Campus.
Building Beyond Boundaries is only the second capital campaign in TROY's history. The first, the Quest for Excellence, was completed in February 2000 and raised almost $21.2 million.