College President Anthony S. Caprio
Transformations: The Campaign for Western New England University is both an acknowledgement of the University's proud history and a means to transform an institution that continues to transform the lives of students.
Q. Why is the Campaign happening now?
A. The Campaign is the logical result of a process that began in the late 1990s with the development of the Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board in 1998 and subsequently updated, and the Facilities Master Plan of 2000. Together, these plans demonstrate that we, as an institution, know where we are going, and why. The Campaign will help us achieve many of our goals.
Q. What is most exciting to you about the Campaign?
A. It's encouraging to see our community coming together in a purposeful way to ensure that the University fulfills its potential for greatness. Donors' generosity has long been a factor in helping us craft and develop our unique brand of education. Through the Campaign, we have the opportunity to target multiple priorities, including renovating our facilities, particularly with respect to technology, and improving our academic quality by capitalizing on the strengths of --and the dynamic interplay among--the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Law.
Q. What are some of the Campaign's achievements so far?
A. Campaign donations have already enabled the University to achieve some important goals. These include the renovations of the St. Germain Campus Center, the addition to the D'Amour Library, and improvements to our athletic facilities. In addition to these capital projects, other less visible endeavors have been funded. Financial Aid has been increased considerably. Programs that strengthen the quality of our educational offerings have been added. Also, the fact that the S. Presley Blake Law Center project has received a prestigious challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation is a tremendous achievement.
We still have much to accomplish, but I'm confident that this Campaign will be a successful and transformative experience in the history of the University.