Hobart and William Smith Colleges Embark on $160 million Capital Campaign – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Embark on $160 million Capital Campaign

$90 million already raised for Campaign for the Colleges.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges launched the largest capital campaign in their history on Sept. 21 at New York City’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The hall was filled to capacity with enthusiastic supporters when David H. Deming ’75, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced that Campaign for the Colleges is already more than halfway toward meeting its goal. “We are focused and resolved,” said Deming, “and with your continued help, our Colleges will reach new heights.”

(For more images from the Campaign Kickoff, please click here.)

Campaign for the Colleges will support the strategic plan HWS 2010. President Mark D. Gearan stated, “With both gratitude and inspiration from the past, we have set an ambitious agenda for the future.” He defined the Campaign charge: “To move these Colleges so that future generations will have the benefit of a world class education … this is our moment.”

Reynold Levy ’66, president of Lincoln Center, welcomed more than 450 alumni and alumnae, students, parents and current and former members of the Board of Trustees. CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker Jr. ’73 served as master of ceremonies.

“I’m delighted that so many of you who care so much for Hobart and William Smith have come together here – at this home for the performing arts in New York City – to mark an historic moment for our Colleges. It is especially satisfying to me that one of the goals of the campaign that we are announcing tonight is the renovation and expansion of the space that supports the Colleges’ lively programs in the performing arts,” Levy said in his introduction.

The campaign seeks to raise $65 million for on-campus improvements, including creating a Performing Arts Center, refurbishing and expanding the Scandling Center, renovating and expanding athletics facilities, preserving the legacy of the historic 188-acre campus, and renewing a commitment to cutting-edge Information Technology Services.

Another $65 million will be added to the Colleges’ endowment to provide scholarships and internships for students and endowed professorships for faculty members, and to ensure the future of distinctive programs, such as global education. In addition, the campaign will recognize the first 100 years of William Smith College, 1908-2008.

“As you think back on this 21st of September, I hope you will remember it as a day when we launched our Colleges into the bright new future. Working together, with clear goals in mind, we have the ability – and the will – to ensure the promise of a Hobart and William Smith education for generations to come,” Whitaker said, concluding the evening.

Additional ceremonies launching the campaign will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 on the Geneva campus, as part of the Trustees’ Weekend, and Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

More information on Campaign for the Colleges and photos from the event can be found at the Campaign for the Colleges Web site.

A story on the launch was included in the Friday, Sept. 22 issue of the Democrat and Chronicle. Read Hobart and William Smith Colleges set $160 million drive goal.

Another story was included in the Friday, Sept. 22 issue of the Finger Lakes Times. Read HWS kicks off $160M campaign.