Campaign for Acadia surpasses $75-million goal

February 25, 2021

The Campaign for Acadia concluded successfully in December 2020, reaching and surpassing its $75-million goal with a final tally of $86.8 million to support students, faculty, staff and campus infrastructure under each of the four Campaign pillars: Transform; Discover; Inspire; and Build.

University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Peter Ricketts expressed his gratitude to all who contributed to the Campaign, noting that “each gift is invaluable and will have a meaningful impact on our students, faculty, staff, researchers, and the ongoing development of our campus infrastructure. I’d like to applaud and personally thank our alumni, friends, foundation and corporate partners for their investment in Acadia. Together you have helped Acadia not only meet but significantly exceed the most ambitious fundraising goal in its history, and because of this success you have all made us better, and your gifts will bring tremendous and lasting benefits to our students.”

Campaign Chair Nancy McCain (’82) echoed Ricketts’ sentiments, expressing her personal gratitude to the thousands of people who supported the Campaign. She acknowledged the leadership and support of Dr. Ricketts and members of the Campaign Cabinet, a diverse and accomplished group of alumni from around the world who were dedicated to meeting and exceeding the Campaign goal. She also thanked Vice-President, Advancement Dr. Rod Morrison, Campaign Director and Executive Director of Philanthropy Nancy Handrigan (’92), and the Acadia Advancement team.

“The Campaign was such a positive experience on all fronts,” McCain said. “We had an exceptional group of Acadia volunteers and staff. This was an outstanding team effort and a huge thank-you is very much in order to everyone who worked relentlessly to exceed our goal. I think we hit it out of the ballpark, and it’s a wonderful chapter in Acadia’s story.”

Students, faculty, staff and Acadia’s campus will all benefit from the Campaign, Morrison said. “Its success represents an important margin of opportunity for Acadia, enabling us to accomplish things that are beyond the scope of our usual operations. Some of these are quite visible — the renovation of our science facilities, for example, or the transformation of Patterson Hall into the home of the Manning School of Business — while others are less conspicuous but equally impactful, such as millions of dollars for new student awards and support for teaching, research and academic programs.”

“What these gifts share,” Handrigan adds, “is enormous influence on Acadia’s long-term sustainability and the enhancement of the student experience.”

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