On Tues, Sept. 6 about 175 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology Center for the All College Forum. The forum’s top priorities were the Leading with Confidence campaign, the Library Capital Project and the search for the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Leading with Confidence Campaign
The Leading with Confidence Campaign is a fundraising effort that began in 2006. The campaign enabled the college to identify its needs in the science and mathematic departments. The goal of the campaign was raising $49.5 million. The initial focus of this campaign was building the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology Center. The campaign progressed well, raising $49,500,813.41 at present. The campaign will close in December. There have been 4,316 individual donations of $10,000 or more to the campaign. These donations help students reduce their debts. This year, there are 53 new donors that have donated $50,000 or more. Jeff Zufelt, the Vice President for College Advancement states that the money is for “additional resources, like the library.”
Zufelt gave special thanks to Dr. Michael Cornelius, “He reached out to supporters, he asked around and it has made such a huge difference.
Fundraising plans for the library
The Library Capital Project is one of the most important projects of the year. The campus’s computer systems need an upgrade, and some physical renovations to the building that occurred last year are in need of repairs. The Capital Project provides new infrastructure repairs that became the center stage when steam lines running inside the library walls caused a heat index of more than 104 degrees. The Capital Project helps supply the campus with the equipment needed for building safer and reliable air conditioning.
Dr. Mary Hendrickson, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kathleen Murphy, the Library Director, identified the library as the central-block of importance at the Wilson College campus. The focal point of the renovation is how to best to re-do library offices and incorporate sustainable infrastructure. Pre-planning organizations allowed students and the community to voice their opinions on how to use the library. Dean Hendrickson says, “The library renovations are directly responsive to campus” tied to “how students and staff come together.” Katherine Snyder ‘14 says “I don’t like the new library database or area. It is too loud, but most of all I hate that I do not have access to books right away.”
Search for new CFO
Lastly, the forum touched base on the search for the new the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The search committee consists of President Dr. Mistick, Vice President of Enrollment, Mary Ann Naso, Jeff Zufelt, the newly appointed Trustee and Chair of the investment of subcommittees, Julie Englund, and Department Assistant for the Business and Economics, James Hay. The search for the new CFO is near its end. The search committee is in the process of finding a Vice President for the Finance and Administration Department. They reviewed numerous resumes and the next step is requesting interviews.
Dr. Mistick says, “In 2009 the bridge near the Hankey center collapsed, but we are working together for new standards of the bridge and infrastructure around the bridge too!” The All College Forum committee is about six weeks into the process of assembling the project’s possibilities.