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Launching 'Extraordinary Opportunities'

The largest fund-raising campaign in Cornell history celebrated its public launch with multimillion-dollar commitments from Richard Small ’50 and John Smith ’71 on the eve of a gala homecoming party. “Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College” had secured $74 million of the $92 million goal by homecoming. The campaign began in July 2004 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2009.

Funding priorities seek to advance the distinctive features of the college’s academic program by:

  • Building the endowment by $50 million for key programs, scholarships, and professorships to attract an even more talented and diverse faculty and student body.
  • Raising $31 million to expand and renovate The Commons and West Science Center, and to renovate King Chapel and Pfeiffer Hall.
  • Raising $11 million for the Annual Fund to support current operations and allow the college to plan confidently, to minimize increases in tuition and fees, and to support Cornell’s top priorities.

John Smith '71
Trustee and Campaign Chair John Smith ’71 announces the $92 million goal, the $74 million raised to date, and the $15.1 million gift from Richard and Norma Small.

The largest fund-raising campaign in Cornell history celebrated its public launch with multimillion-dollar commitments from Richard Small ’50 and John Smith ’71 on the eve of a gala homecoming party. “Extraordinary Opportunities: The Campaign for Cornell College” had secured $74 million of the $92 million goal by homecoming. The campaign began in July 2004 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2009.

Life trustee Small and honorary alumna Norma Small—Cornell’s most generous benefactors—pledged $15.1 million for the endowment and capital projects, including renovations to Pfeiffer, The Commons, and Rood House, the former residence hall that will be repurposed and renamed the Paul K. Scott Alumni Center. Paul K. Scott ’29 was alumni director (1954–’76) and coached Cornell’s 1947 NCAA championship wrestling team. He died in 2003.

Small says the campaign will further strengthen Cornell’s aspirations to be one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. “I believe in a liberal arts education, and I believe this campaign is absolutely the best way to serve Cornell students,” he said.

Trustee Smith and his wife, Dyan, pledged $5 million for the endowment and capital projects.

“Each gift to this campaign is an investment in Cornell’s innovative approach to education, in its students and, through those students, in a more enlightened world,” Smith said.

 

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