University of Dubuque Exceeds Capital Campaign Goal

Sep 20, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque President Jeffrey F. Bullock today formally announced the end of the University’s Achieving the Dream campaign. The second largest capital campaign in UD’s 164-year history raised a record $120 million – $20 million more than the initial goal.

“The Campaign has provided many resources for the continued transformation of the University,” said President Bullock. “We are very grateful to all those who continue to believe in, and invest in, the Mission of the University. Their investments during this campaign will continue to strengthen the campus in ways that we could have never predicted.”

Capital projects completed during the campaign include Heritage Center, Chlapaty Hall, Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center in Blades Hall, Linda Chlapaty Hall (home to the new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program), Veterans Memorial Training Center, Debra Runkle Center, and the renovation of the performance gymnasium, Jon Davison Court, in Stoltz Sports Center.

A priority of the Campaign has also been to grow the University’s endowment, which is the primary source of financial aid and scholarship assistance for students. UD’s endowment has increased from $16 million in 1998 to over $100 million in 2016, providing a strong base for further growth. The University’s near-term endowment goal of $150 million is essential to its long-term financial health and vitality.

“Since the adoption of the University’s Mission in 1998, the implementation of the Plan for Transformation in 1999, the formulation of the Mission, Vision, Action Plan – 1998-2008, and the subsequent release of the next Plan – 2009-2015, the entire University community has exerted tremendous effort to move the University forward and accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves 16 years ago,” said President Bullock. “We know that we have much to do as we continue the process of becoming the place to which our Mission invites. The University’s strategic planning is now focused on building the Mission, Vision, Action Plan: 2016-2028. Without a doubt, our work together has been richly blessed.”