Building Excellence

It’s not about the money. A university fund-raising campaign never should be.

Last week, Methodist University launched the most ambitious capital campaign in the institution’s history. The long-anticipated “Building Excellence: The Campaign for Methodist University” will generate $35 million for new facilities, endowment, and special projects. More than $23.4 million, or 66 percent of the goal, has already been received from generous donors who are committed to ensuring excellence.

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The real story, however, is the transformational experiences that will be possible for every Methodist student as a result of these funds. A culture of excellence requires signature people, programs, and facilities, so we will be putting philanthropy to work through endowed scholarships, professorships, and new buildings to support programs.

I hope every member of the University community will join us in celebrating our heritage and the exciting plans for the future by attending one of the many “Building Excellence” events scheduled during the twenty-eight months of the public phase of the campaign. We will be traveling across the country and indeed around the world sharing news about the University and inviting people to participate in our bold journey.

Please view the Methodist University website for more information and news about the campaign, or feel free to write to me personally at to share your story with me. This is truly an amazing place, and through your engagement in the life of the University, our students will directly benefit.

There has never been a better time to be a Monarch. “Building Excellence” has never been more relevant or critical. Your support has never been more needed.

I have the Best Job in America because of these amazing students and their stories of commitment, sacrifice, and dedication. I feel truly blessed to be president of our University at this time in our history. We need to be successful with this Campaign to ensure our students success. We have a promise to fulfill – a promise we make to every entering student that we will do all we can to maximize their university experience and prepare them to live lives of meaning and purpose.

It’s not about the money. It’s about the students. It has always been that way, and always should be.


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