We are embarking on a new challenge for the university and I ask for your help in this endeavor. I’m talking about the $100 million Create the Future capital campaign, the university’s largest-ever fundraising drive. We launched it Jan. 25 with a black tie ball. More than 300 university supporters, alumni and community leaders filled the Clemente Center to celebrate the start of the most ambitious fundraising effort in our 55-year history—in fact, the largest of its kind ever attempted in Brevard County.
All of us here create the future. Our journey begins with one goal clearly in mind—to be one of the 10 most respected private technological universities in the world. The intent of our campaign, which primarily is to increase endowment, is to secure Florida Tech’s future. The endowment is for scholarships for the top students who need financial help and to endowed chairs for the top professors in the world.
We are fortunate that Phillip W. Farmer, former president and CEO of Harris Corp. and chair of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees, will lead us. He is a staunch supporter and believer in our quest to exceed expectations, improve visibility and refine our reputation worldwide.
Our priorities, again, begin with enriching our endowment, which now stands at $60 million. We also want to secure a new facility for the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, improve the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and make it a showplace, and enhance the Anchorage in Melbourne. We want it not only to become a world-class rowing facility, but also a major resource for ongoing environmental research.
Our last campaign, which concluded in 2009, raised $60 million, exceeding our goal. Our faculty and staff helped to ensure that success and I am asking that you once again come forward and consider the giving opportunities that you find most compelling. Please take part as, together, We Create the Future.
Visit the campaign Web site at: http://createthefuture.fit.edu/