Campaign Enters Final Leg with Goal in Sight

Campaign Enters Final Leg with Goal in Sight

Nearly $388 million has been pledged to the University's "Ever To Excel" campaign, bringing the drive's $400 million goal well within reach as the six-year effort enters its final months.

The $388 million includes gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and the University's Jesuit Community.

"It's very exciting after five-and-a-half years of hard work to be so close to the goal," said Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong. "It's a wonderful tribute to not only those alumni, parents and friends of the University who have made contributions, but also to the campaign volunteers who have worked so incredibly hard. "

DeLong said that one of the keys to success has been the number of gifts at every level of participation. The campaign generated more than $82 million in pledges and a campaign record $56.6 million in cash gifts during Fiscal Year 2002.

The campaign recently received a $2.2 million gift from Boston College alumni and parents who are partners at Accenture, one of the world's leading management consulting and technology services organizations. This gift will establish a faculty chair and an undergraduate research fund in the Carroll School of Management's Computer Science Department.

Maureen and Craig Sullivan '64 have pledged $1 million to establish a Millennium Chair in Irish Studies. The chair will be endowed in either the History or English departments of the College of Arts and Sciences for a scholar in the University's Irish Studies Program.

The University also has received 19 commitments of $100,000 or more from former student-athletes and varsity letter winners. Overall, former BC athletes have contributed $29 million to the campaign.
-Reid Oslin


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