On Thursday, June 27, Ivy Tech Community College’s Muncie Capital Campaign Chair, Ronald K. Fauquher, announced a record breaking gift level of $10,201,870. The campaign set a goal of $6.8 million to support three key initiatives: excellence in education, capital improvement and program development. The kindness and generosity of the community elevated the campaign efforts to not only meet, but exceed the goal. This is the largest capital campaign gift level in Ivy Tech Community College history.
At the celebration event, Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder, East Central Region Chancellor Andy Bowne and major gift contributors were in attendance to celebrate the campaign funds announcement. In Muncie’s John and Janice Fisher Campus lobby, the new “Giving Tree” was proudly displayed as a thank you to those that contributed more than $1,000 to the campaign.
“In the past few years, Ivy Tech has experienced unprecedented growth. However, state resources can no longer adequately fund capital projects and campus needs,” said Fauquher. “Major gifts from local businesses and foundations are helping to meet the initiatives and fund scholarships and financial support for students. I am very excited to announce the campaign donation level at $10.2 million and attribute the success to everyone’s hard work and dedication.”
The campaign began with a very generous gift of the Fisher Building in downtown Muncie from John and Janice Fisher. From there, renovations began on the second floor (School of Education) and third floor (School of Business) which included classrooms and state of the art computer rooms.
Also, the campaign generated over $200,000 in additional money providing funds for nine new scholarships to better serve students. The Henry County campus was a result of campaign efforts allowing Ivy Tech to provide quality education to residents throughout East Central Indiana. The Associate Faculty Development Institute (AFDI) is a training program where adjunct faculty attends 60 hours of training and expounds upon their academic skills, leadership and teaching. AFDI was made possible through the generosity of the George and Francis Ball Foundation.
“I’m overwhelmed at the support this community has shown for Ivy Tech Community College,” said Andy Bowne, chancellor for the East Central Region. “The compassion for our students is undeniable and I am motivated and inspired for their future and the outlook of Ivy Tech.”
Although the Muncie Capital Campaign ended, Ivy Tech Community College continues to seek donations and funding for next steps. The City of Muncie donated the previous Star Press building and plans for its future use are being determined. Also, Muncie’s Cowan Road location is tasked for a statewide Ivy Tech initiative to launch “One Stop” including restructuring of the Student Affairs department.
For more information, contact Tracey Danner-Odenwelder, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech’s East Central Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-289-2291 ext. 1706.
Muncie Capital Campaign Celebration - June 27, 2013