The University’s advancement efforts continue to bring valuable resources to campus, impacting all areas of the University.
On May 1, MTSU welcomed Paula Mansfield as the new director of partnerships and strategic planning. This newly established position will provide leadership in proactively securing and managing corporate and business relationships for the University, providing a central
point of contact and access for key partners. Initially identified as a long-term institutional need during our Positioning for the Future initiative, the director of partnerships and strategic planning will seek to foster mutually beneficial relationships with the area’s leading employers by enhancing employment and experiential learning opportunities for our students, marketing our research capabilities, and identifying and pursuing workforce educational needs and programs.
Earlier this year, I was proud to make the announcement that the University had raised more than $105 million in the Centennial Campaign, surpassing the $80 million goal set when the effort was announced in 2012. In fact, the $105,465,308 raised during the campaign, which concluded Dec. 31, 2015, represents the largest fundraising effort in University history. The fact that we met—and exceeded—our goal speaks to the commitment of the campaign’s volunteer leadership, the passion of our alumni, and the vision we set forward for the future of our great University.
Gov. Haslam praised the University in video remarks played at the February announcement, noting that the momentum from this campaign will guarantee the continued growth and success for MTSU and help assure that MTSU will continue to prosper as a nationally acclaimed, comprehensive university.
In all, the $105 million was the result of more than 111,000 separate gifts from 23,276 different donors.