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October 26, 2012

Gustavus breaks fundraising record



Other examples of Campaign Gustavus at work include creation of the Center for Servant Leadership, which combines the Office of Church Relations, Community Service Center, Center for Vocational Reflection and the Career Center; a formal partnership with the American Swedish Institute, which includes a Gustavus office suite at the Nelson Cultural Center at the institute; and endowed professorships in the department of economics and management.

Young said several hundred alumni, parents, faculty and staff contributed to the Commission Gustavus 150 planning project to prioritize college projects for 10 years with full implementation of plans by 2020. More than 250 recommendations were given and prioritized by the Board of Trustees into three-year, six-year and 10-year plans.

Of the 263 recommendations, 101 are either completed, being implemented or are in the planning phase.

“I think that some really neat things have happened at Gustavus over the last four or five years that have to do with Commission Gustavus 150 and inviting our stakeholders into a conversation about the future of the college,” Young said.

Young said the campaign is on track to meet its goal of $150 million by deadline.

“I think the vision and the direction of the college is strong,” he said. “We think that a successful campaign is good for Gustavus, but having a strong Gustavus in the St. Peter/Mankato area is good for the local economy.”

About 1,100 alumni live and work in the Mankato and St. Peter area, Young said.

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