By any standard, the Fisher Colleges campaign
was a huge success. The college increased
its original goal of $65 million in 1992 to $90 million in 1999.
At the close of the campaign on June 30, $95.2 million in private
gifts and commitments had been raised as part of the universitys
$1 billion Affirm Thy Friendship campaign.
Over $35 million of the $95.2 million raised has
been committed to construction of the colleges new six-building
complex, with $60 million to college programs, including the establishment
of 70 new endowments.
The success of the campaign is clearly visible
in the colleges new facilities. Made possible
by the generous gifts of such benefactors as John B. (Bernie)
Gerlach and Max M. Fisher in the early years of the campaign and,
more recently, with major gifts from Betty and Alex Schoenbaum,
Raymond E. Mason, Jr. and the friends and family of John K. Pfahl,
the new business campus is one of the finest in the world. From
the high-tech class and seminar rooms in Gerlach, Schoenbaum and
Pfahl halls to the computing and media labs in Mason Hall, the
new buildings contain state-of-the-art equipment for on-site and
More than mere bricks and mortar, however, the
new facilities are best regarded as enabling devices
for the programs and learning that takes place within them. The
$60 million raised for college programs has made possible not
only the enhancement of existing programs but the creation of
new initiatives for students, faculty and the business community,
programs such as the Fisher Council on Global Trade and Technology,
which brings world leaders to campus; a symposium in real estate
funded by HER Realtors;
faculty teaching and research endowments, including the John W.
Berry, Sr. Chair in Business and the John W. Berry, Sr. Fund for
Faculty Excellence; and a number of student fellowships and scholarships.
The creation of these new programs could not have
been possible without the generous support of the colleges
many friends and benefactors. Their commitment, generosity and
guidance are helping to shape the Fisher experience for generations
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