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Stetson University Launches $150 Million Campaign

Oct. 22, 2015

Stetson University

Stetson University has launched a $150 million comprehensive campaign, its first fundraising campaign since 2009.

The Beyond Success - Significance campaign comes at a time when Stetson is celebrating unprecedented growth: it recently welcomed its largest incoming class in its 132-year history, and its DeLand, Fla., campus is in the midst of significant construction and renovation projects.

Funds raised will be used for facilities, $50 million; student support, $40 million; faculty support, $40 million; and current use resources, $20 million. To date, more than $80 million has been raised.

Why is this campaign so important to Stetson's future right now?

"Now is the time for those who love Stetson to commit to making this university the strongest she can be," said President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. "We can continue to invest in ourselves through growth in net revenue, and make incremental improvements, or we can take great leaps that transform Stetson education in meaningful ways. And that comes from large philanthropic gifts and the multiplying effect of a multitude of small gifts all aligned in important ways."

Over the past six years, prior to the campaign's launch, Stetson has developed new interdisciplinary academic programs and hired more than 75 new faculty; weathered the declining interest in law school attendance to emerge with a more robust College of Law; dramatically increased undergraduate enrollment by 40 percent; improved the quality and diversity of first-year and transfer students; made an enormous dent in deferred maintenance on all campuses; added athletic teams; and is approaching critical milestones in salary equity and compensation for faculty and staff.

"If this is what we can do without a concerted campaign," said Libby, "just think what our university can do with a concentrated infusion of resources and the support of a broad community of alumni and friends who believe in the even greater force Stetson and its students can be across the globe.”

See photos from the President’s Gala campaign kickoff in our Flickr gallery.