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St. Cloud State Announces $32M “Unleash the Future” Campaign

St. Cloud State University President Robbyn Wacker and SCSU Foundation Board Chair Barclay Carriar have  unveiled Unleash the Future: The Campaign for St. Cloud State, a $32M fundraising effort to help support SCSU in its goal of remaking itself as a new university. The comprehensive campaign, St. Cloud State’s first in 20 years, has already raised $28.2M to date or 88% of its goal. 

The campaign is focused on the initiatives that will drive academic distinction, support the development of teacher-scholars, create student success and expand the university’s regional reach and community engagement. Scholarships, technology, faculty and staff development, interdisciplinary research, program innovation, endowed speaker series and upgrades to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center are among the areas for which St. Cloud State, through the SCSU Foundation, is raising philanthropic support. Facilities improvements including new nursing simulation labs in the Maciej Nursing Education Suite, the Swenson Financial Markets Lab and the Nelson Strength and Conditioning Center are recent campaign successes. 

“It’s time to recognize, celebrate and build upon St. Cloud State’s institutional innovation, forward thinking research, advancements in teaching and overall academic excellence as we identify new ways to serve the students of today and in the years to come” according to President Wacker. “The Unleash the Future campaign is perfectly suited to support the important work our campus is doing to ensure student success. I couldn’t be more grateful to our donors who, through their generosity, have shown how much they value our mission and want to see St. Cloud State be successful in this next phase of its service to our students and the community!”

“I think we’re in an extraordinary moment in time where our donors have the opportunity to play a significant role in shaping the future of their alma mater” says Matt Andrew, Vice President of University Advancement. “This campaign is not only designed to address the University’s immediate needs but as importantly, it signals a change in the philanthropic culture at St. Cloud State. In the future, philanthropy will become an increasingly important part of living into our vision.”    

Barclay Carriar ’85, Chair of the St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Directors notes “The Unleash the Future campaign is an important milestone in the life of the SCSU Foundation and the entire Board is overwhelmingly supportive of this work. With 88% of the goal achieved the campaign is already benefiting students, faculty, coaches and staff. But there’s more to do to reach out goal so I encourage our alumni and friends to visit the campaign website to learn more about how they can help.”

Alumni Association Board Chair Robert Sicora ’93 says “President Wacker’s vision for St. Cloud State really resonates with SCSU alumni and we’re excited to see our community together to support this campaign.”

More information on Unleash the Future: The Campaign for St. Cloud State is available at