Looking Back, Thinking Ahead

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It’s been an exciting six years since Southwestern university officially kicked off Thinking Ahead: The Southwestern Campaign.

To date, Southwestern has received $87.4 million in total gifts and pledges towards our June 30, 2009 goal to raise $125 million. Take a look back with us to see what we’ve accomplished.



For Students and For Faculty

The Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust pledges $8.5 million to launch

For Faculty

Hired Alisa Gaunder, Professor of Political Science; Chair of the international Studies Program


For Faculty

Hired Alejandro de Acosta, Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
Mary Grace Neville, Assistant Professor of Business; Paideia® Professor,
Fay Guarraci, Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Romi Burks, Assistant Professor of Biology; Chair of the Animal Behavior Program,



Maha Zewail Foote, Assistant Professor of Chemistry,
Sergio Costola, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Paideia® Professor,
Diana Tenckhoff, Assistant Professor of Art History



For Faculty

Hired Aaron Prevots, Assistant Professor of French, Sandi Nenga, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Alison Kafer, Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies.

For Students

Student to faculty ratio

For Southwestern

The Office of Civic engagement was created as part of the Paideia® program. Over 60% of all SU students are active in service throughout their communities.


For Southwestern

Southwestern is one of 62 colleges and universities across the country recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to community engagement.

The first class of Paideia® Scholars graduates in May.

For Living-Learning Environment

Fayez S. Sarofim’s total commitment of $9.5 million, kicks off the renovation and expansion of the Fine Arts Center for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.


For Students

$2 million given to the Brown Scholars program, increasing the number of scholarships to 16 by 2011.

Pirate bike program launched on campus following gifts from friends and alumni.



For Living-Learning Environment

Construction on the new 66-bed Dorothy manning Lord Student Residential Center is completed.

Center for Lifelong Learning receives anonymous $2 million pledge to complete the Priddy Challenge.


For Southwestern

President Jake B. Schrum signs a treaty known as the Talloires Declaration, committing to its 10-point plan to offer degree programs in environmental studies, teach environmental literacy to all students,  establish community partnerships and set an example of environmental


responsibility in areas such as energy use, recycling and waste reduction.

For Diversity Enrichment

SU teams up with Dillard University, a historically black college in New Orleans, to collaborate in diversity education and institutional management.



For Living-Learning Environment

Renovation work and new construction at the Fine Arts Center for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts is completed.

Construction begins on the Wilhelmina Cullen Admission Center with support from the Cullen Trust.

The Roy and Lillie Cullen Building renovation project is progressing through the planning and early renovation stages with $6 million in funding from the Cullen Trust.


Construction of The Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2008.

For Students

The first class of Paideia® Scholars, Class of 2006, reports back on the positive influence of their Paideia® experience in the workplace, graduate school and in life after Southwestern.

Verizon makes $66,000 grant to support student internships.


Over $3.4 million in new gifts to the endowment have been received for need- and merit-based scholarships for deserving students.

For Faculty

Southwestern is notified of Kendeda Fund gift of $436,000 to support its environmental studies program.


For Diversity Enrichment

$1.6 million is committed to date to support the Dixon Scholars program for minority students.

27% of students in the class of 2012 are minorities, establishing a new record.

For Southwestern

$6.3 million have been received in the form of Deferred Estate commitments from alumni and friends.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations pledge $200,000 to support a new tenure-track faculty position in Latin American art history.

Thinking Ahead Summary as of June 30, 2008


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