July 21, 2009
Dear Bowdoin Faculty, Students, and Staff,
Tomorrow, we will publicly announce the successful conclusion of The Bowdoin Campaign, our five-year effort to raise at least $250 million to advance the mission of the College. I am writing to let you know that through the combined efforts of many - including many of you - the College has substantially exceeded our initial goal, having raised by June 30, 2009, a total of $293 million for the academic program, student life, and financial aid.
This has been the most ambitious capital campaign in the long history of Bowdoin College, and it has concluded successfully during very trying economic times. Our success is a testament to the quality of our academic program and residential life experience, the exceptional strength and professionalism of our development staff, and the loyalty and perseverance of a group of trustees and volunteers who have risen to the occasion during a critical period for Bowdoin. It is also a resounding vote of confidence by alumni, parents, friends, and foundations eager to support our goals and our vision for a stronger Bowdoin College.
Much of what we set out to do through this campaign has already been accomplished or is underway. We have added faculty in critical areas of the curriculum and have greatly enhanced our faculty sabbatical program. We have provided new support for our entire academic program and we have created new opportunities for students through research fellowships. Our commitment to Bowdoin’s founding principles has been underscored and strengthened through the creation of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, and we have also enhanced our career planning program for students. We now enjoy music in the new Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium, art in a fully renovated and expanded Museum of Art, and hockey in the new Watson Arena. In a matter of weeks, the new Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness will open in the center of campus. And perhaps most importantly, with new funds for financial aid and the replacement of student loans with grants, we have ensured continued access to Bowdoin for all students, regardless of their economic circumstances.
There will always be more to do at a College that prides itself on advancing knowledge and scholarship, critical thinking, and leadership in a rapidly developing society and world, and these funds by no means solve the very significant economic challenges facing Bowdoin. But today is a time for pride and satisfaction in all that has been accomplished. We will gather on campus during Homecoming Weekend in October for a campaign celebration and to officially thank the scores of people responsible for this unprecedented success. I hope you will look for your invitation to that event.
With best wishes,