Marquette University Sets Fundraising
Magis Campaign exceeds goal by $107 million
Aug. 16, 2005
With more than 50,000 individual donors, the seven-year Magis:
The Campaign for Marquette raised a record $357 million,
$107 million more than the initial goal of $250 million, Marquette
University President Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J. announced tonight.
It was the most successful comprehensive campaign in the university's
"I am exceptionally grateful to all of our alumni, parents
and friends who demonstrated their commitment to Marquette
over the past seven years and made the Magis Campaign
so successful,” said Father Wild. “Because of their generosity,
Marquette is able to provide a transformational academic experience
while contributing to the progress of the community around
us. This campaign exceeded all expectations and has given
us the gift of momentum to dream even bigger dreams for Marquette's
John Stollenwerk, a member of Marquette's board of trustees
and president and CEO of Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corp., served
as the chair of the campaign. "I am truly inspired by
all the people that participated in the Magis Campaign,"
said Stollenwerk. “Their gifts have sparked a transformation
at Marquette by offering more resources to students in the
form of technology, scholarships and new programs and majors
and to faculty in the form of endowed professorships and research
Alumni, friends, parents, foundations and corporations contributed
to improvements made to Marquette over the past seven years.
- The opening of three new buildings: the dental school,
which has been recognized as one of the finest dental education
facilities in the world; the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library,
a technologically advanced resource for students which has
seen usage jump more than 100% since its opening in 2003;
and the state-of-the-art Al McGuire Center, which is the
home court for women's basketball and volleyball, practice
facilities for men's basketball, sports medicine facilities,
and an academic center for student athletes.
- Dramatically improved the campus appearance with the planting
of 200 trees, gateways, portals and new lighting, particularly
along Wisconsin Avenue.
- Raised to nearly 450 the number of full or partially endowed
scholarships—a 50 % increase from the pre- Magis
- New academic programs in Entrepreneurship, Restorative
Justice, End of Life Care, Applied Investment Management
and Real Estate.
- Creation of the Manresa Project to support programming
that brings the Catholic, Jesuit mission of the university
to life through retreats, workshops, leadership development,
international conferences and academic courses.
- Endowed the dean's position in the College of Engineering
plus three chairs and two professorships throughout the
- Record number of freshmen enrollment applications for
four consecutive years, culminating with the 10,927 applications
received for the 2005-2006 academic year.
- Rare copies of St. Augustine's De Civitate Dei (City
of God) , St. Thomas Aquinas' Sancti Thome de Aquino
Ordinis Predicatorum Super Epistolas Pauli and Jonathon
Swift's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
(Gulliver's Travels) acquired by Special Collections
at Raynor Memorial Libraries.
Magis Campaign Milestones
- An anonymous donor makes the first Magis contribution—a
$10 million challenge gift toward construction of the John
P. Raynor, S.J., Library.
- Groundbreaking for the new Dental School , the first Magis-funded
construction project to begin.
- Magis Campaign reaches $100 million.
- New Dental School opens and is quickly recognized as one
of the finest dental education facilities in the world.
- Magis Campaign reaches $200 million.
- The John P. Raynor, S.J., Library opens and usage by students
and faculty soon soars.
- Campus Beautification efforts advance as portals are installed
along Wisconsin Avenue , 200 new trees are planted on campus,
and attractive new building signage is installed.
- The women's basketball team opened with a win on their
new homecourt at the Al McGuire Center.
- The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is
named in honor of an $18 million gift from Klingler's estate—at
that time, it represented the largest gift ever made to
- Magis Campaign reaches $300 million.
- The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication
is named in recognition of a $28 million gift from the couple,
both Marquette alumni. The Diederichs' gift became the largest
gift ever made to the university.
- The Campaign concludes, having raised $356,876,166 million—the
largest campaign total in the university's history and far
exceeding the original $250 million fund-raising goal. More
than 50,000 alumni, parents and friends of Marquette contributed
to the Magis Campaign.
Office of Public Affairs Contacts
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Director of University Communication
Phone: (414) 288-7445
Sr. Media Relations Specialist
Phone: (414) 288-0286