USD Launches "Leading Change: The Campaign for USD"

Leading Change

On Feb. 25, University of San Diego President James T. Harris III, DEd, announced “Leading Change: The Campaign for USD,” a comprehensive campaign focusing on fundraising in five critical areas: capital projects, scholarships, program and faculty support, and the endowment. President Harris announced the campaign’s goal is to raise $300 million.

The announcement kicked off with the debut of the “Leading Change: The Campaign for USD” video featuring several USD Changemakers including President Harris, USD students, alumni and friends.

“USD is a community on an adventurous mission of light and enlightenment,” said President Harris. “Our university began, quite literally, with little more than a hope and a prayer. Less than 70 years later, USD is the youngest institution to be ranked among the nation’s top 100 doctoral universities by U.S. News &World Report. USD is a university where passion so perfectly meets purpose. ‘Leading Change: The Campaign for USD’ will provide us with the support we need to write the next chapter in the university’s amazing story.”

Joining President Harris were Ron Fowler, Chair of USD’s Board of Trustees, Campaign Chair James D. Power, IV, a member of USD’s Board of Trustees, an alumnus and a current parent of a Torero, and Honorary Campaign Chair Darlene V. Shiley, immediate past chair of USD’s Board of Trustees, and a major USD donor.

“With tonight’s public announcement, we invite the entire community of 65,000 alumni, parents, donors and friends to join us on our $300 million path to be a part of something that will change our student experience from this day forward,” said Campaign Chair Power.

Throughout the campaign’s quiet phase, USD has funded such projects as the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, Fowler Park Baseball Stadium, the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, the Mobile Technology Learning Center funded through a grant from Dr. Irwin and Joan Jacobs, the newly created Veterans’ Center, and the Humanities Center set to open this fall.

Campaign goals by school or program area include: School of Business Administration ($76.85 million); Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering ($41 million), School of Leadership and Education Sciences ($35 million), School of Law ($31 million), Torero Athletics ($31.8 million), College of Arts and Sciences ($26.95 million, USD wide scholarships ($22 million), Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science ($20 million), Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies ($9.5 million), Copley Library ($3.5 million) and Professional and Continuing Education ($1.1 million).

The campaign challenges USD students and faculty by asking two essential questions: What do you care about? And what are you doing about it? With the needed resources provided through the campaign, USD’s passion and purpose will further align while elevating the learning experience and outcomes for all USD students.

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