The University raised more than $36.5 million over the past seven years to benefit scholarships, campus improvements, faculty development and more through the “It’s About Family” comprehensive campaign.
The big announcement came during a Feb. 7 ceremony on campus, during which alumni, faculty and University leaders gathered in Anna Irvin Dining Hall to celebrate nearly doubling the campaign’s original goal.
“Today, we are recipients of great gifts from many, many great people. This campaign was successful because people who love the University of Montevallo want to see it continue to thrive well into the future,” said UM Board of Trustees Chairman Todd Strange ’66. “We want to make sure this university commands attention from great students who want to come here to learn, grow and develop.”
The University launched the campaign in 2012 with the goal of raising $20 million by 2019. The original goal was reached in only five years, making it the most successful fundraising effort to date. But that wasn’t the end. Building on the success of the original goal, the UM Board of Trustees announced in February 2018 that they were raising the goal to $30 million.
As a result of the campaign, more than 115 new scholarships totaling more than $7 million have been established. The University’s first-ever endowed academic chair has been established, and two new endowed professorships have been created.
The University’s Traditions Fund also greatly benefited from the campaign, meaning treasured traditions such as College Night will continue to thrive well into the future.
“One of the things that is so special about the University of Montevallo is how much the students know they are cared for,” said UM senior and SGA President Olivia Eldridge. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The campaign consisted of more than 18,000 gifts from more than 10,000 donors, 6,000 of who were first-time donors to the University.
Some of the new facilities and renovations that have been made possible through the campaign include:
- The Center for the Arts
- Stephens College of Business building
- 3D Art Complex
- UM Track and Lacrosse Field and Softball Stadium through a partnership with the Montevallo Development Cooperative District, along with renovations to other athletic facilities
- Renovations to Strong Hall
- Planned upgrades to Harman Hall