Message from the Chair
Thursday, December 6, 2007
It is an exciting time to take the helm of the St. Cloud State University Foundation. With completion of our strategic planning efforts a year ago, and a concrete set of goals and objectives for the coming year, we are well-positioned to advance our mission of supporting and enhancing St. Cloud State’s ability to ignite students’ learning and the discovery of their gifts, their passions and their potential contributions to society.
Recognizing that St. Cloud State is a part of the statewide network of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, we take seriously our support of the system’s strategic direction. We have aligned our Foundation goals with their direction: increasing access and opportunity, promoting and measuring high quality learning programs, developing St. Cloud State’s capacity to be engaged in and add value to the region and recognizing innovation and excellence by faculty and staff. In support of those broad goals, last year the Foundation provided more than $1.1 million for 797 student scholarships, raised almost $1 million towards our $2.2 million renovation project for the new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business and the Center for Student Success on campus, and raised funds for equipment to be used by students and faculty in the sciences, among other gifts. We are proud of having made this measurable contribution to the mission of St. Cloud State and Minnesota’s higher education programs. The stories that follow highlight the donors who helped make these contributions possible.
In addition to these financial outcomes, the Foundation was honored to participate in the search for a new president of St. Cloud State. We are delighted to assist new University President Earl H. Potter III in making the transition to St. Cloud State, and will continue to work with him and our regional leadership to help our community recognize the tremendous value St. Cloud State holds. Thank you for your support of St. Cloud State, and the many scholarship contributions that help provide access to an education for so many students. Your support changes lives.
Robert E. White ’70
2007-08 St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees
Joanne E. Benson ’70