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Assessing Our Needs for the New MillenniumBuilding on the success of the recent $8.4-million Campaign for the New FDU, the University is positioning itself for a major fund-raising initiative in the year 2001. Toward that goal, FDU has initiated a University-wide planning effort to determine its needs and priorities.
“Institutional planning for a capital campaign provides an exciting opportunity for the University community,” said President Frank Mertz. “It allows us to consider what we might accomplish on our campuses and in our colleges with a significant infusion of ‘new’ money.”
In a strategic development process led by Paula Hooper Mayhew, campus provost, T-H, and assisted by the Office of Institutional Advancement, FDU has mailed priority request forms to deans, directors and department heads on which they are to identify their priorities. They are requested to identify realistic funding opportunities, prepare a “case statement” for each and suggest potential funding sources. Completed priority request forms must be sent to Mayhew by February 15. “We need to know what you might hope to implement in your department were the funds available to do so,” wrote Mayhew in a letter sent with the forms.
Once the data are compiled, they will be shared with the provosts and deans so that each can be aware of what others have identified as major goals and objectives. A committee soon will be formed to review and analyze the requests, and a draft report will be presented to the Board of Trustees in April.
President Mertz said that funding possibilities range from building
an alumni annual fund that provides the unrestricted income necessary to
enhance every aspect of student and campus life, to endowed chairs, scholarship
support, faculty development and research, library enhancements, technological
projects and capital improvements.
He added, “I am confident that, working together, we can identify what FDU requires to ensure our continuing success. Then we will face the task of identifying the resources needed to meet our needs.”
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