Salem State University announced in a press release the public phase of a $25 million comprehensive campaign, the largest ever fundraising initiative undertaken by the university. This phase of the multi-year effort follows the successful conclusion of the private phase of the campaign, which to date has raised more than $15 million of the $25 million goal.
Aptly named “10,000 Reasons” for the number of enrolled students it will benefit, the campaign’s goal is the support of numerous campus priorities to enhance the academic and social experiences of Salem States students. The campaign was approved in February, 2011, by the board of trustees and the Salem State Foundation, said the release.
Salem State Foundation chair Rob Lutts commented that “strengthening the university through this campaign means strengthening our entire community.” As president of Cabot Wealth Management, in downtown Salem, he added, “I hope the entire North Shore will see and appreciate the importance of public higher education, and how Salem State supports workforce development and the quality of life for those of us in this region.”
The financial priorities of the 10,000 Reasons campaign include: student support services, co-curricular opportunities, financial assistance, faculty support, expansion of academic programs, international opportunities, and technological resources. “This campaign is designed to support the full richness of the university experience, something that every student deserves,” noted alumnus and campaign co-chair Henry Bertolon. “Going public with it today is a proud moment for Salem. We have great momentum, and I’m excited to see where it takes us.
One early campaign gift by alumna and campaign co-chair Kim Gassett-Schiller is currently supporting health and wellness programs, known as “Wellness U,” within the new Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center, named in honor of the donor’s late parents.
A major capital program that will be supported by this initiative is the renovation of the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, scheduled for completion in December 2015.
“As we continue to transform our campus physically, it is important to stay focused on the programming, support and services that take place within our walls,” said Patricia Maguire Meservey, president of Salem State. “While strengthening the body of our campus, it’s crucial to nurture the soul of the overall student experience. This campaign provides the momentum to ensure we will succeed.”
http://www.salemstate.edu/news/ For more information on 10,000 Reasons: The Campaign for Salem State University, go to salemstate.edu/reasons.