Shaping Our Future

Financial Vitality and Overall Sustainability

Ensure the financial vitality and overall sustainability of the institution by building an ever-stronger financial foundation that will increase our ability to invest in our academic enterprise, undergird our commitments, and reach for our aspirations.

Areas for Action:

  • Extend Thinking Ahead, The Southwestern Campaign with a Phase II, building on the successes to date and increasing the campaign goal. The initial focus for Phase II will be raising funds for the renovation of the Fondren-Jones science building as the highest fundraising priority in the Strategic Direction to Focus on Our Academic Mission. Phase II of Thinking Ahead, The Southwestern Campaign should also address scholarship opportunities to enhance our diverse student body and build the endowment.
  • Aim to increase the endowment by $100 million through gifts to Phase II of the campaign and through investment management practices. This level of endowment growth will be important to supporting elements of the Strategic Plan.
  • Develop a long-range vision and initiate an East Campus master plan to enhance our academic enterprise, enrich the lives of all members of the Southwestern community, and provide a foundation for the future growth and prosperity of the institution well into the next century with self-sustaining activities and operations.