Campaign Western raises over $300-million
YOU CAN READ THIS AMOUNT OUT LOUD, YOU’RE PROBABLY
SMART ENOUGH TO COME TO WESTERN. Western President Paul
Davenport and his Campaign Western team hold a banner displaying
the campaign’s final total, compiled over the last
In a ceremony held in Conron Hall on May 6, Campaign Western
chair Bill Brock publicly announced that over $300-million
has been raised in private donations to Western since September
A dramatic unveiling of a Western banner printed with the
exact total — a whopping $327,372,962 — effectively
highlighted the announcement.
The ceremony kicked off in light-hearted fashion with the
musical stylings of the “Jingle King” Don Wright,
benefactor of Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music.
“What an honour it is to be here on such a fabulous
occasion with all the bigwigs,” Wright joked before launching
into a series of jingles to warm up the audience.
Deeming Campaign Western “the most ambitious and successful
campaign in our university’s history,” Western
President Paul Davenport explained the funds were directed
toward six priority theme areas.
According to Davenport, approximately $71-million is being
given directly to Western students in the form of 550 new student
awards and 1,500 new Ontario Graduate Scholarships in the fields
of science and technology.
Close to $50-million is designated for recruiting and retaining
top faculty, while an approximate $62-million will ensure delivery
of superior academic programs “to respond to the needs
of students and the needs of society,” he said.
Other major areas that will receive funding injections include
expanding research capacities on campus, enriching the campus
and community environment, and meeting “what the university
identifies as high priority needs,” Davenport added.
Davenport also highlighted the recent donation by Seymour
Schulich to Western’s medical school, noting the enormous
$26-million gift is meant to ensure accessibility to medical
“[These donations] allow us to plan Western’s
future with greater certainty,” Davenport said.
London Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell spoke at the ceremony on the
importance of the relationship between Western and the City
“[The campaign] has a generational impact,” Gosnell
said. “This helps not only our generation, but generations
Brock noted the tremendous surge of support from alumni was
a significant factor in Campaign Western’s massive success.
He added that while Campaign Western is over, Western’s
priorities and needs are not. “Fundraising must continue,” Brock
“I can say in all honesty I did not think we’d
reach such a high total,” Davenport commented. “We
underestimated the degree to which alumni would step forward.
They donated more than half the funds raised.”
Davenport added that new fundraising goals and priorities
will be announced this fall at Homecoming.
“We will continue fundraising year in and year out,” Davenport
said. “Around 2009 or 2010 we’ll be ready for another
campaign. It’s a process that can only build over time.”