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Monday, January 18, 2010

Norwich closes most successful campaign ever

For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2010
Contact: Daphne Larkin


Norwich closes most successful campaign ever

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (Jan. 18, 2010) – Norwich University officials announced the end to the Norwich Forever! fundraising campaign, which closed at the end of December with alumni and friends making a record investment in the future of Norwich students.

Norwich received more than $81.9 million in campaign gifts and pledges, nearly $27 million beyond the original goal for the campaign, successfully ending the campaign one year early.

“That we achieved such success in only four years, with the final sixteen months in a global recession, is a testament to how much our alumni cherish Norwich and want to provide our students with a first-rate experience,” said President Richard W. Schneider. “Many friends in Vermont, including several businesses, also participated in the campaign, and we are honored to have their support.”

Through the Norwich Forever! campaign the university has invested $10 million in academic programming and $9.5 million in scholarship funds. The campaign also provided funding for three new buildings on campus: the Wise Campus Center, the Sullivan Museum and History Center, and Doyle Hall, an addition to the athletic complex currently under construction.

“This is the most successful campaign in our university’s 190-year history, and it has put us in a very strong position as we approach the beginning of our third century of service. In an increasingly competitive higher education marketplace, this campaign has allowed us to grow our undergraduate population to more than 2,000 and to provide students with excellent facilities,” Schneider said.

The campaign has also allowed for more students than ever before to travel abroad and work with faculty members on research projects.

“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of Norwich, I want to thank everyone who gave to Norwich during this campaign.”

Norwich University launched the Norwich Forever! campaign in 2005 with a goal to raise $55 million in five years. Due to the volume of gifts and pledges, the university’s Board of Trustees decided to end Norwich Forever! one year earlier than originally planned. Norwich has now begun a smaller, three-year fundraising effort with a limited number of priorities.


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. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu