Students cross the footbridge leading from the newly completed Mack Hall to the Upper Parade Ground. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Norwich University Surpasses $100M Bicentennial Campaign Goal Ahead of Schedule, Increases Goal to $110M

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University officials announced at the January board of trustees meeting held in Naples, Fla., that the $100 million goal of the university’s bicentennial campaign “Forging the Future” has been reached in advance of the December 2019 end date. During the meeting, the trustees also approved raising the goal of the campaign to $110 million.

“I am pleased to report to you that the five-year Forging the Future fundraising campaign has surpassed the $100 million goal established by the trustees in 2014, a year earlier than we anticipated. This success is due to the generosity and support of thousands of donors who have contributed in meaningful ways. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends have all supported this campaign, joining together in the opportunity to permanently better the University,” President Richard W. Schneider said in a letter to the community dated January 20, 2019.

Gifts to support students’ scholarships and academic enhancement are in excess of their goals. Trustees increased the overall goal to $110 million to ensure that all members of the Norwich family have an opportunity to participate in the campaign and to provide the resources required to support investments in the construction of new and renovated academic buildings.

“The Forging the Future campaign will enable Norwich University to continue to leave an indelible mark as we educate and shape students to find the fullest expression for their talents,” Schneider said. “It is up to us to make sure Norwich continues to build, lead and advance in a world unimaginably different from the one our founder inhabited nearly two centuries ago.”

The Forging the Future bicentennial campaign was launched in 2014 as a $100 million five-year comprehensive fundraising campaign dedicated solely to enhancing the academic program at Norwich University through scholarships and investments in buildings and resources. The campaign is designed to fund a new, four-story academic building on campus called Mack Hall; significantly renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; increase scholarship endowments, and modernize the campus library to an epicenter of experiential learning.

For more information on the final year of the campaign, called the “Year of Distinction,” check out the bicentennial website.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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