In just a few short years, we will be celebrating our Bicentennial. No matter what measure you choose, that is a remarkable feat. It is even more remarkable when you consider all the obstacles this institution has struggled with throughout its history.
But we are not done with being remarkable. We are about to tackle another obstacle, building a meaningful endowment for the University to ensure our future. And we will need you to be remarkable as well by supporting this incredibly important initiative.
Financially, the University is more stable than it has ever been in the past. We have an exceptional faculty and staff who have done Herculean work to serve our students. After losing about 30% of our state funding in recent years, we have worked with our legislative delegation to work our way back, and in recent years, we have seen modest increases, for which we are grateful. But to make our next remarkable move into the future, we must have the stability of a sound endowment.
If you care about this institution, please understand that we need your support now to accomplish this feat. If this institution has given you the opportunity for a remarkable life, then now is the time to make an investment in our future so that we can continue to be, remarkable.