USD Launches Most Ambitious Campaign in 67-Year History

Thursday evening, February 25, the 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, several USD students, alumni and friends. Watch the three-minute campaign video here:

“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, 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 Veteran’s Center, and the Humanities Center set to open this fall.

Campaign Goals by school or program area include:

$76.85 million – School of Business Administration
$41 million – Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
$35 million – School of Leadership and Education Sciences
$31 million – School of Law
$31.8 million – Torero Athletics
$26.95 million – College of Arts and Sciences
$22 million – USD wide scholarships
$20 million – Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
$9.5 million – Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
$3.5 million – Copley Library
$1.1 million – Professional and Continuing Education

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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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.