Campus ceremony celebrates "gifts that will help us continue the legacy of excellence," according to vice chancellor Tom Baird

November 13, 2008

DEARBORN / Nov. 14, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn has raised more than $45 million in “the most successful capital campaign in our history,” according to Tom Baird, vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

The campus celebrated the conclusion of the campaign at a Nov. 14 ceremony that included the announcement of several major gifts from alumni, gifts that will have an impact on the campus for decades to come.

“These gifts will help us continue the legacy of excellence that has made these alumni into our strongest supporters,” Baird said. “But the overall success of our campaign is due to the generosity and involvement of more than 11,000 donors, including alumni, members of our faculty and staff, and other supporters of the campus. We are all making a difference for UM-Dearborn and our region.”

The Nov. 14 ceremony included remarks from Chancellor Daniel Little, from faculty members whose work has benefited from gifts, and from Anthony Viscogliosi, a 1984 alumnus who chaired the chancellor’s campaign council.

UM-Dearborn launched the public phase of its $40-million fundraising campaign in 2004. The drive has focused on raising support to increase student opportunities, strengthen academic programs and enhance the campus’s partnerships in southeastern Michigan.

Nearly a quarter of the money raised in UM-Dearborn’s campaign, almost $10 million, has been designated to provide scholarships for students based on need and merit. One fund in particular, the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, raised more than $500,000 to generate scholarships for students who are related to UM-Dearborn alumni.

UM-Dearborn alumni also worked together to establish an endowment to support a collegiate professorship in the campus’s School of Management named in honor of Richard Czarnecki, a much-loved and very influential professor emeritus of accounting.

Alumnus Ed Elliott, a Florida-based investor, has pledged $2 million to support the UM-Dearborn School of Management and to begin to endow a professorship in memory of his late wife, Betty. Ed and Betty Elliott both received bachelor’s degrees in accounting from UM-Dearborn in 1967.

About 35 percent of the total raised during the campaign, more than $16 million, came from corporate donors, including the Ford Motor Company Fund, DTE Energy Foundation, Toyota USA Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Chrysler Corporation Fund, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Borg Warner, AT&T and others.

The Ford Motor Company Fund contributed more than $750,000 for preservation and outreach activities at the Henry Ford Estate, a national historic landmark on the campus, home to the automotive pioneer and his wife for more than 30 years.

Ford also worked closely with the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Environmental Interpretive Center, and the School of Education during the campaign. It provided more than $2 million for automotive research, scholarships, environmental education, improvement of high schools, and innovation challenges such as the "Model T for the 21st Century."

The Nov. 14 celebration was planned to coincide with events scheduled the same day on the Ann Arbor campus marking the conclusion of the Michigan Difference Campaign.

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