Champlain College exceeds campaign goal, creates first endowed chair

first_imgChamplain College trustees announced the creation of the College’s first endowed chair, naming it in honor of retiring President Roger Perry. The Board of Trustees voted to create this $1 million academic fund, The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, as part of the College’s successful Power of Three Capital Campaign.The news came at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 22, when Champlain College trustees announced the Power of Three campaign has already raised $15 million, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign.The campaign supports the construction of three new facilities at the private, career-oriented college: The Main Street Suites & Conference Center, The S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, and the Student Life Complex. The campaign, the most ambitious in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.Trustees and friends of Champlain College have been quietly raising funds for this special honor for President Perry, and they surprised him with the news at the Annual Meeting. They have already funded $800,000 toward the $1 million goal for the endowed chair. “The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair will help secure Champlains future of academic excellence, and it bestows an extraordinary honor on an extraordinary leader,” said Bill Post, chair of the Board of Trustees.Before retiring in June 2005, Perry will choose the academic focus of the endowed chair. Perry has served as president of Champlain College for nearly 13 years. He has been credited with steering the institution through a major transformation to include online education, overseas and graduate programs, enhanced co-curricular, recreational and extracurricular activities, new on-campus facilities, and cutting-edge academic offerings that respond to needs in the global marketplace.During Perry’s watch, a provost and program directors were hired to provide academic leadership. Faculty members have been developing student outcomes by academic program and course, developing assessment measures for the outcomes, increasing the writing required in each course, increasing the level of students critical thinking, and increasing international elements in Champlain courses.”Roger has inspired faculty, staff and trustees to think in the future, then act boldly to get us there,” Post said.The first endowed chair in the United States was established at Harvard University. Endowed chairs take many forms; some reflect the achievements and credentials of the person who holds the chair, while others reflect an area of study or field of practice. In some cases, the chair rotates among a series of academic disciplines.# # #last_img

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