First in America Surpasses $150 Million Goal
February 16, 2011
The Impact of Faculty Support
First in America gifts have created 16 new endowed faculty chairs and provided funding to add many new faculty positions. As a result, Dickinson has been able to reduce the student-faculty ratio to 10:1 and trim the annual faculty course load from six to five courses, which affords professors more time to work individually with students and develop innovative courses, programs and hands-on learning opportunities.
Celebrating the Campaign
President William G. Durden ’71 and the Dickinson College Board of Trustees proudly announce that Dickinson’s First in America: Fulfilling Our Destiny
capital campaign has surpassed its ambitious $150 million goal! The
college thanks the more than 24,000 alumni, parents and friends whose
generosity, energy and commitment combined to exceed the largest
fundraising goal in Dickinson’s history.
Dr. Benjamin Rush coined the phrase
“First in America” in 1783 to capture his vision for Dickinson as the
first distinctly American liberal-arts college preparing leaders to
carry on the revolution that established the new country. More than two
centuries later, “First in America” continues to capture Dickinson’s
To highlight the campaign’s impact, a new video will be posted on this Web page each month celebrating a different aspect of First in America and leading up to the All-College Campaign Celebration scheduled for June 10.
Saturday, May 7, donors, faculty members and students gathered on campus to begin the celebration. Learn More.
More than $35 million in gifts from
alumni, parents and friends built the Rector Science Complex’s new Stuart and
James halls. Beyond adding 90,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom,
laboratory and research space for the sciences, the new halls, which earned
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, embody
the college’s commitment to sustainable design.
The First in America campaign has created more than 70 permanently funded scholarships from the more than $34 million given by alumni, parents and friends for scholarship support. Watch the video below to see what some recent scholarship recipients have to say about the importance of those gifts.
The Meaning of "First in America"