The Citadel stands proudly on the brink of a bold and
promising future. Drawing on the strength of its time-honored traditions,
the college and the Long Gray Line stand ready to advance in a resolute
march to achieve excellence in the education of principled leaders.
The Citadel has embarked upon an ambitious course to establish
and secure its reputation as the preeminent college of principled leadership
in the nation. The Campaign for The Citadel, a comprehensive drive to
raise $100 million for the ongoing benefit of the college's Corps of
Cadets and graduate students, presents a daunting challenge to the college's
alumni and friends-a challenge The Citadel community is uniquely prepared
to accept with honor, fortitude, and triumphant success.
Building upon The Citadel's foundation of core values
and proud tradition, The Campaign for The Citadel will endow the college
with the educational and technological resources required of a premier
educational institution. Ultimately, the campaign's success better enables
The Citadel to equip its students to serve as principled leaders prepared
to engage in an evolving and competitive world.
This effort will place The Citadel securely at the head
of the ranks of the nation's colleges committed to principled leadership
and character development. The campaign focuses on four fundamental
areas that are vital for ensuring the successful education of students
and the continued success of the college:
Scholarship - Endowed scholarship
funds enable The Citadel to attract and retain the students who best
represent the college's commitment to academic excellence, physical
discipline, dedicated military service, and upright moral character.
The ability to recruit and retain the "best and brightest" of the
pool of young students will dramatically improve the character and
composition of the Corps of Cadets as a whole.
Academic Excellence - Enhancing the
excellence of the college's faculty and academic programs will best
enable all students to fulfill their potential. Campaign funding will
underwrite The Citadel's assurance of small class sizes, quality academic
support programs and services, and a dedicated faculty consisting
of distinguished scholars who serve as mentors to the Corps of Cadets
and intellectual leaders in the classroom. Strengthened faculty and
academic programs likewise offer significant advantages to students
in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Facilities - To reach their full
potential, students require access to state-of-the-art facilities
and the finest educational resources, both in the academic arena and
on the playing field. The campaign will raise funds to establish the
Leadership Center at Daniel Library as a hub of ethical training and
character development, revitalize and transform the aging Johnson
Hagood Stadium into a first-class athletic facility, and upgrade equipment
and laboratory space to keep pace with technological advances in the
disciplines of engineering, science, and mathematics.
Unrestricted Support - Annual operating
contributions to The Citadel Fund and The Citadel Brigadier Foundation,
as well as undesignated planned gifts, will provide The Citadel with
the resources to sustain and enhance the quality of education during
the campaign, the flexibility to react to unanticipated opportunities,
the ability to recruit student athletes through Brigadier Scholarships,
and the opportunity to secure pledges of future support through the
estate plans of current donors.
As a state-assisted public college, The Citadel has benefited
tremendously from the generous support of the State of South Carolina
since its inception in 1842. However, in an era of declining state appropriations
across the board, the college simply cannot rely on the level of public
support to which it is accustomed.
The time has come for The Citadel to take responsibility
for and control of its financial future. The bold vision set forth for
the college as it enters the 21st Century far exceeds the level that
public support could provide. This vision, in fact, demands that The
Citadel family take a leadership role in securing the future of the
college as it endeavors to achieve excellence in the education of principled