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In the spring, we concluded our Create The Future capital campaign. It has certainly been a highlight of my tenure as your president, and I wanted to give you a “final report” on this very successful effort.

Simply put, we shattered university fundraising records and set a new high water mark for Space Coast philanthropy, raising $123.4 million.

More than 400 university supporters, alumni and community leaders joined us in the Clemente Center April 23 to celebrate the successful conclusion of the campaign—the most ambitious fundraising effort in our nearly 60 year history, and the largest effort of its kind ever launched in Brevard County.

When we first conceived the of the $100 million dollar Create The Future campaign, some said that it could not be done. They said that such a high-reaching endeavor was too ambitious for a university of our age, our size, our location. They said we needed to be 100 years older, thousands of students larger, or located in a major metropolis to fundraise at that level.

This campaign affirmed for us, and demonstrated to others, that Florida Tech is a university which routinely exceeds expectations. With hard work, determination and careful planning, possibilities arise that would not otherwise exist.

The campaign raised important funds for scholarships, our endowment, and several high-need brick-and-mortar resources, like the Harris Student Design Center, the Nathan Bisk College of Business and the Florida Tech Research and Development Center.

This campaign exemplifies what the last 14 years has been about for me: finding new ways to exceed expectations, to “make no small plans.” Big ideas and higher expectations have been integral to what we have achieved…together.

Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your collaboration. Thank you for proving once again that when we work together, there’s nothing we cannot accomplish.

I know we’ll see each other again soon. But until then…go Panthers!

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