Chico State President wants to "Transform Tomorrow" through capital campaign

The goal for Chico State's first-ever capital campaign is $100 million. Almost $76 million has been raised so far.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 6:26 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 9:12 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State has started the public phase of its first capital campaign called "Transform Tomorrow: The Campaign for Chico State."

University President Gayle Hutchinson announced the $100 million campaign on Saturday night on the Kendall Hall Lawn during an event featuring dancing, music, student showcases and refreshments.

University Photographer Jason Halley, a CSUC graduate, took the photos you can see in our gallery accompanying this article. They capture the energy of the long-awaited event.

Hutchinson said the campaign priorities are to empower student success through annual giving; build cutting-edge facilities on campus; and invest in people through new endowments for scholarships, faculty fellowships and program support.

Chico's Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the University Foundation is Ahmad Boura, who said last year the university was able to accomplish a lot because of the generosity of benefactors. They introduced impactful new courses, such as one featuring Virtual Reality.

Other examples of recent innovations include the Physics Summer Research Institute and a new vacuum chamber in the university's ultra-cold lab.

Hutchinson announced that approximately $76 million of the $100 million had been raised prior to the "public" phase of the campaign.

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