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Bradley University President Joanne Glasser discusses the current capital campaign and describes her role as “chief fundraiser.” 

The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance is Bradley’s first major fundraising campaign since the Centennial Campaign of 1997, which was largely for endowment. We’ve been in the quiet phase of the Renaissance Campaign for several years, and in April launched the campaign publicly at a gala dinner for nearly 1,000 guests.

The goal is to raise $150 million over five years, and we’ve already received commitments of more than $104 million, so we are very confident of success. A major boost came from Caterpillar Inc., which gave the University a $30 million gift—the largest in Bradley history. In addition, 19 other generous donors have each contributed $1 million or more to the campaign. But every gift helps and every gift counts, so we continue to seek donations.

The partnership between Caterpillar and Bradley is very strong and long-standing. Nearly 2,400 Caterpillar employees are Bradley graduates, as are another 750 retirees. We place scores of interns with the company every year and continue to provide the education and training Caterpillar needs to compete in a global marketplace.

The purpose of the Renaissance Campaign is to provide the educational,
recreational and athletic facilities our students and faculty need and deserve. These investments will help make Bradley a university
of national distinction and allow us to continue to compete for the best students and faculty from across the country. The specifics of our capital plan include:

I want to add that none of these construction projects will be outside
our existing institutional footprint. The University can live within its current boundaries and we are not looking to expand them in the immediate future. iBi