'Ever to Excel' Nears Finish Line

'Ever to Excel' Nears Finish Line

Boston College is preparing to wind up the most ambitious capital campaign in its history, a $400 million effort that administrators say will enable the University to carry on its academic and faith missions.

Ever to Excel will conclude on May 31 after six years under the stewardship of University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and co-chairs University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, and BC trustees Gregory Barber '69, Peter Bell '86, Geoffrey Boisi '69 and Jack Connors Jr. '63. The campaign's $400 million goal - $260 million for the BC endowment and $140 million for construction, current-use priorities and other needs - is nearly triple the $136 million netted by the University's 1987-91 fundraising drive.

Fr. Leahy has frequently cited Ever to Excel as critical to Boston College's efforts to strengthen teaching, research and student formation. "Fundraising is a major priority for all we would like to do," he said at the May 1 Faculty Day event.

Interviewed last week, Senior Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong praised the many individuals and organizations that have contributed to Ever to Excel, and expressed her hope for continued support as the campaign nears its end.

"BC is tremendously grateful for the generosity of alumni, parents, employees and friends, as well as the corporations and foundations who have supported the campaign in such an extraordinary fashion," she said.

"Thanks to them, Ever to Excel is a resounding success."

More information on Ever to Excel is available on-line at www.bc.edu/friends/development/.

Boston College Chronicle will provide a retrospective on the Ever to Excel Campaign this fall.


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