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Advancing Excellence raises $60 mil lor College
BY LEK SlU
The Advancing Excellence capital campaign hit its $60
million goal seven months early.
"Thank you to the many donors whose gifts, large and
small, have helped us reach this milestone," said President
and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar. "Your
generous support benefits students not only today, but for
decades to come."
Kate Hood, assistant to the vice president for
advancement, explained the capital campaign's importance.
"The capital, or comprehensive fundraising campaign,
is a vehicle for focusing attention upon the needs and
aspirations of an educational community," said Hood in an
email interview. "A campaign is thus an important event
in the life of any institution striving for greater financial
stability and excellence."
The campaign's success can be attributed to the hard
work of many.
"The campaign had strong engagement by the board of
trustees as donors, as well as a strong campaign steering
committee made up of key individuals — trustees, alumni
and donors — all of whom helped engage other donors
to make gifts and commitments to the campaign," said
Vice President for Advancement Mike Poston via email
The original goal was $100 million, according to a
philanthropic market study completed by Campbell & Co.
However, the College's first strategic long-range plan
called for $75 million.
"The study recommended a goal not higher than $75
million and preparation toward engaging our alumni and
key donors, with the intent of strengthening the involvement
of those alumni in the philanthropic processes," said Poston.
"The campaign was divided into a $60 million primary
goal, followed by a $15 million bridging campaign focused
on building the endowment for students, faculty and
The bridging campaign is underway and runs through
June 30, 2014, when Chabotar will step down as president.
Advancing Excellence included many on-campus visits
with alumni and donors and often involved faculty and
"We set about not only to do face-to-face engagement on
campus with key donors, but also with donors, alumni and
friends of the College in their homes and their businesses,
in order to best captivate their interest in supporting and
investing in students' lives," said Poston.
The path to success, however, is not always easy.
"The struggles are to continuously build the pipeline
of donor prospects and engage donors in the meeting of
students and faculty to give context to the possibilities
financial support could provide," said Poston. "The
challenges come in finding the right people with the passion
to engage in supporting our strategic priorities."
The bridging campaign aims to expand endowments for
scholarships, faculty support, innovation and upgraded
"(In general), the bulk of the campaign supports students'
scholarships and will continue to do so," said Poston. "The
second largest portion of it has gone toward endowing
programs and current use of money for program support
of the College such as the Center for Principled Problem
Solving, the Friends Center's programs, library programs
and enhancing the facilities on campus."
Other changes include renovations of Archdale Hall,
Founders Hall and the Armfield Athletic Complex, along
with plans to renovate Mary Hobbs Hall.
And the campaign's plans do not stop there.
"We have a commitment to an endowed chair within
the Psychology Department, several commitments for
faculty development through gifts to Political Science ...
to Biology through a ... gift matching program that will
provide endowment to Biology for ... faculty development,
scholarships and program endowment," said Poston.
Dana Professor of Biology and member of the Advancing
Excellence campaign Lynn Moseley praised the campaign's
"Guilford has needs in all those areas, and by completing
the first phase of the capital campaign successfully and
early, we have made good progress in addressing those
needs," said Moseley via email.
this week’s developments
Board of Trustees members Esther
Hall and Lionel Johnson came to
Senate to discuss the upcoming Board
of Trustees Town Hall on February
20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Joseph
M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium. Esther and
Lionel also fielded questions of
all sorts from the student body
and gathered student suggestions
for the board’s Student Affairs
next week’s plans
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Leadership statement first draft finished
BY BRYAN DOOLEY
The presidential search committee has been
working hard with the board of trustees on
constructing the leadership statement for the
next Guilford College president. They have now
finished the long anticipated first draft.
To mark the completion of this step. The
Guilfoidian sat down with two members of the
search committee: Carole Bruce, chair of the search
committee and trustee, and Kathy Coe, trustee
emeiita and member of the search committee. They
shared their thoughts on the tricky task of creating
CB: On the leadership statement, we have
had a very collaborative process with our search
consultant creating a very first draft of the
statement, followed by Ty Buckner's (associate
vice president for communications and marketing)
team helping us conform the early draft to Guilford
publishing standards and adding facts and figures
to the draft.
We then shared the draft with the full search
committee, the board of trustees and the entire
Guilford community for their reactions and
suggestions and are continuing to refine the
Remember also that we began with input
from faculty, trustees, students and alumni and
have based the qualifications for Guilford's next
president on that input... I hope we are capturing
the sense of Guilford College and Guilford's
opportunities and challenges that will inspire
excellent candidates for Guilford's next president.
We do need to complete the statement and share
it with people who may be presidential candidates
or may know good candidates so that we may
continue to build an excellent pool of candidates
for the search committee to review early next year.
KG: I was honored to help with this while (Bruce)
was out of town. In a presidential search ... it is
often the task of the search consultant to develop
a leadership statement, which is then approved by
the board of trustees.
Our search consultant... spoke with a number of
faculty, staff and students. I believe they gave her
important insights into the Guilford community, its
values, its commitment to excellence and its sense
of participation and shared governance among
other things ... It was important to have feedback
on the statement draft from the community.
We had a very short time period in which to
work, since it is important to release this statement
before the holidays in order to reach as many
potential candidates as possible and to give them
time to consider applying.
In the last two weeks the preliminary draft
was made available to faculty, staff, students, the
search committee and the board of trustees for
their comments... which has been full of important
insights, reminders and viewpoints.
I am profoundly grateful to (Buckner) and Dan
Nonte (associate director of communication and
marketing - editorial) in the Office of aimportant
feedback; to (Buckner) and Rob Whitnell (professor
of chemistry) for making the draft available
through the campus intranet; to Barbara Lawrence
(assistant professor of justice and policy studies
and search coiranittee member); Kami Rowan
(associate professor of music and ^arch committee
member); David Dobson (professor of geology and
search committee member) for bringing comments
from the faculty meeting; and to all those who
submitted their individual comments. They are
I hope that the resulting document is a reflection
of Guilford's community, priorities and needs.
The next step involves the search firm taking the
statement to seek out the best possible candidates.
The search committee will then review the
applications and eventually conduct off-campus
interviews. The committee emphasizes that
commumty participation is encouraged, especially
in the spring, during the candidates' campus visits.
To read the full leadership
(Search for ‘Leadership Statement’)