Plymouth State University kicked off its first-ever multi-million dollar fundraising campaign in April 2002. Two and half years later, the institution is celebrating the success of the Expanding Our Reach campaign having raised $7.9 million on a $5 million goal.
PSU President’s Council Chair Wally Stevens ’62 and President Donald Wharton say timing is everything. “The name change came together with the campaign at just such a seminal moment, providing the means to advance PSU into its role as a regional comprehensive university with applied research and regional outreach as central elements of its new mission.”
President Wharton and Mr. Stevens also credit the dedication and commitment by PSU volunteers, donors, faculty and staff for the unprecedented success of the campaign. Funds raised will be used to support PSU’s centers of excellence and scholarship opportunities including: Boyd Science Center, visual and cultural arts, endowments, Gateway project and campus beautification, Tower (Annual) Fund, as well as planned gifts and bequests.
Campaign achievements include:
- Establishment of the Vailas Performance Center at the PE Center by Nick Vailas ’76 and with support from Tau Kappa Epsilon alumni;
- Morgridge Family Opportunity Scholarship by John ’85 and Carrie Morgridge for Pell-eligible students—PSU’s neediest financially—to help reduce their loan burden;
- Verizon grant supporting the purchase of equipment for the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium and a portable traveling dome for educational outreach in New Hampshire’s elementary and middle schools;
- Program development of the Boyd Science Center, home of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute and the new Center for the Environment, through $2.7 million in federal funds granted to PSU in large part due to the efforts of U.S. Senator Judd Gregg;
- $125,000 Open the Door mini- campaign for equipment replacement and technology enhancements at the Silver Center for the Arts;
- PSU faculty and staff contributing $265,426 through the Breaking New Ground mini-campaign;
- Purchase and installation of a life-size bronze of Robert Frost, honoring his legacy as a faculty member of Plymouth Normal School from 1911 – 12, as part of a larger campus beautification project.
Gene Savage ’58, the Plymouth State University alumni trustee and founding member of the President’s Council, reflected on the success of the campaign stating, “People give because they care, even though they care in different ways. We saw many examples of that throughout our work for Expanding Our Reach.”