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Florida Gulf Coast University Announces Major $125 Million Campaign
12/2/2003

FORT MYERS, FL - Today, Florida Gulf Coast University announced its major capital campaign, “Dedicated to Greatness,” to raise $125 million and help FGCU achieve greatness as a complete and comprehensive educational institution of superior quality in the 21st century.
     
Under the leadership of President William C. Merwin, money raised through the campaign will help fund key institutional priorities, strategies and goals for the coming years

FGCU plans to use raised funds for scholarships, new and enhanced degree programs to meet the region’s unique needs, public broadcasting to continue enlightening with solid content based on high standards, intercollegiate athletics program which is not supported by state funds, property and facilities to support the growing programs and enrollment, and University research and sponsored programs.

"External support plays a critical role in determining the degree of excellence held by a public university like FGCU," said William C. Merwin, president of Florida Gulf Coast University. "FGCU's $125 million capital campaign which began July 1, 1999 is an opportunity to foster institutional greatness in ways not possible through basic state funding support."

According to FGCU’s vice president for Advancement Steve Magiera, “We have raised $94 million of the $125 million goal during the “Silent Phase” of the campaign between 1999 and 2003. We will raise the remaining $31 million during the “Public Phase” announced today through June 2005.”

The Public Phase of the comprehensive Dedicated to Greatness Campaign for FGCU represents an opportunity to move FGCU toward a position of pre-eminence among public universities. The increased private investments and goodwill that accompany a successful effort will move many FGCU programs to positions of regional and national respect, and provide a solid foundation for building a fine tradition of teaching.

"As we look to the future, FGCU must continuously expand on the quality and impact of our academic programs to be among the nation's finest universities," FGCU President William C. Merwin said. "Achieving this vision for national prominence will be accompanied by contributing to our region the skills and knowledge base essential for greater prosperity and quality of life for Southwest Florida."
     
For more information, contact associate vice president for Community Relations Audrea Anderson at (239) 590-1083.

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