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SC Launches $40 Million Funding Campaign

June 16, 2005

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 16, 2005 -- Springfield College has announced a $40 million funding campaign, “Leadership for the 21st Century,” to support construction of new facilities, academic programs, scholarships, and a variety of current and future needs.

In announcing the campaign, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said that more than $20 million already has been committed to the effort.

“The response to this campaign has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic,” Flynn said. “Our alumni and friends continue to demonstrate their commitment to the college and its mission by ensuring that future generations of students will have access to a top-notch education and leadership development opportunities. They value our humanics philosophy of educating the whole person -- spirit, mind and body -- for leadership in service to others.”

Flynn said that the campaign will support facilities and programs to maintain and advance Springfield College as a preeminent institution in preparing leaders in human helping professions. Top priorities include construction of a new campus union, wellness center, and field house. The college also plans major renovations of its science facilities in Schoo Hall and the student support areas within the Beveridge Center.

In addition, the campaign will support academic progress by establishing endowed chairs, strengthening the college’s endowment, increasing scholarship funding for students from the Springfield area and from around the country.

Serving as campaign co-chairs are Helen Davis Blake of Somers, Conn. and Stuart, Fla., and William B. Marsh of Cambridge, Mass. Blake, who earned her master’s degree from Springfield College, has been a member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees for 16 years and currently serves as its secretary. She has been a member and chair of a number of board committees.

Marsh, who received the Springfield College honorary doctor of humanics degree in 2002, was chair of the college’s board of trustees from 1998 to 2001. He was a board member for 13 years and served on numerous board committees. In 1998, he was chair of the presidential search committee. He is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Honorary chair for the campaign is Art Linkletter, the renowned entertainer and lecturer, who served as chairman for a previous Springfield College campaign. “Art has had a life-long commitment to Springfield College, in part because of his advocacy for our Humanics philosophy,” Flynn said. Linkletter was a trustee of the college for 25 years and continues to be an emeritus member of the board. The Linkletter Natatorium, the college’s swimming complex, is named in his honor.

The college expects to raise $20 million from individuals, foundations and corporations over the next three years.

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