JMU surpasses fundraising goal

Item by Chris Graham

It’s a tough economy, so the news that James Madison University surpassed its first comprehensive fundraising campaign goal by 40 percent is probably important news.

“I am truly heartened and excited by the unqualified success of our first comprehensive campaign. On behalf of the university, I extend sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this milestone accomplishment,” said JMU president Linwood H. Rose on the word that The Madison Century campaign has concluded with $70 million in commitments.

The six-year campaign began July 1, 2002, with a campaign goal of $50 million. The campaign came to a close on June 30.

The campaign has resulted in the creation of the Thomas and Karyn Dingledine Scholarship for Achievement in Academics and Service, which is the first major student recruitment endowment; the Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center; the Robert and Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center; the Morrison-Bruce Center for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls and Women; the future expansion of Bridgeforth Stadium; the Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership; and the future Performing Arts Center, for which several major gifts were received.

“The significance of this successful campaign goes beyond the dollars raised and the programs funded,” Rose said. “The success of the Madison Century campaign positions James Madison University well as we enter our second century of preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens. I have no doubt our campaign success will support enhanced educational experiences for students who will live rewarding lives devoted to serving society.”

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