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Campaign Chair’s Message – June 2012

Friends,

Advancing Excellence continues to generate excitement among our alumni and friends.  We are closing in on $50 million, with $48.9 million raised as of May 31 toward our campaign goal of $60 million by June 30, 2014. More than $5.7 million has been added to the campaign in this fiscal year.  With your support, we can meet or exceed our goals and make a great College even better.

Contributions Making the Guilford Education Accessible

Advancing Excellence is responding to current as well as future needs of students at the College. The State of North Carolina reduced its funding for student financial aid for N.C. residents by $2.5 million beginning this year, challenging a large number of our students to make up the difference.

As a response, Guilford plans to raise $500,000 per year in new funding support in 2012 and 2013 for current-use financial assistance.  With your help, this funding will close the gap and ensure that the College is a place of opportunity for current and future North Carolinians.

Recently, trustee emeritus Wil Edgerton ’40 and his wife, Mariana ’40, supported the N.C. Student Financial Assistance Fund with a stock gift of $43,000. Wil and Mariana love the College and its students and have been active here for more than 70 years—truly a lifetime of devotion. This gift moves us closer to our goal of ensuring that Guilford will be accessible to North Carolinians for years to come.

Thank you, Wil and Mariana, for your generosity in supporting students.

Trustees Giving Critical Support to the Campaign

Our trustees have contributed $16.1 million to the campaign toward a goal of $18.7 million. We have a ways to go, but these dollars from our key leaders are making a big difference for current and future students and our exceptional faculty members.

Recently, Ed and Vivien Bauman made a $900,000 real estate gift to the College by donating their Greensboro home.  Ed is a friend, trustee emeritus and member of the Campaign Steering Committee, and he and Vivien have been very generous to the College over the years, with lifetime giving totaling $3.8 million.

In addition to a $2 million gift from the McMichael Family Foundation, the Bauman gift will support improvements to Founders Hall—a centerpiece of the campus that will become a hub of student activity. This summer, renovations will create an atrium area in the former lobby as well as new spaces for student media and other organizations and an expanded art gallery.

Thank you, Ed and Vivien, for helping to build a stronger community at Guilford.

Alumni Providing Leadership on Special Projects

Advancing Excellence includes a number of  special projects  designed to offer alumni and friends the opportunity to contribute to their passions. These include renovations to Mary Hobbs Hall, a golf center honoring the late Jack Jensen and other projects.

Carolyn Harmon ‘64 and Marsha Jensen ‘74, Jack’s widow, have spent countless hours organizing efforts and making contacts with prospective donors. Carolyn and Marsha have worked independently and with Advancement staff to make these projects a reality.  Recently they joined the Campaign Steering Committee, bringing great energy to that group.

To date, $364,000 has been contributed to the $815,000 cost of initial renovations to Mary Hobbs, which holds a special place for many alumnae of the College. More than $259,000 has been contributed to the golf center, which has a $550,000 funding goal.

Thank you, Carolyn and Marsha, for your leadership, time and energy.

And thanks to everyone who has contributed, or is considering a contribution to Advancing Excellence. It is wise and worthy investment.

Thank you.

Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60
Board of Trustees Chair
Advancing Excellence Campaign Chair

P.S.—Our Bryan Series is sold out for the fourth time in five seasons in 2012-13, with more than 2,000 subscriptions purchased in only 39 days.  I’m proud to be a part of such a successful program and looking forward to sharing in next season’s experience beginning in October.