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Feature: The Will to Lead Campaign Play


Clemson University President James F. Barker has announced the school has surpassed its six-year capital campaign goal of $600 million and is now aiming for $1 billion.

Barker said the total amount donated to the most successful capital campaign in the university's history was $608,839,594 as of June 30. The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson supports students and faculty by providing scholarships, fellowships, professorships and enhanced learning and research opportunities with top facilities and technology.

To date, 357 new scholarships and fellowships have been created; 95 faculty positions and support, such as endowed chairs and professorships, have received funding; and numerous academic and athletic facilities are planned, under renovation or have been built. There were more than 201,000 unique gifts to the campaign.

"Like our founder Thomas Green Clemson, who gave us the will to lead so many years ago, the human effort put forth during the last six years shows a fierce determination to improve education and prosperity for all South Carolinians and people around the world," the president said.

"People give because they want to change lives -- they want their lives to make a difference. The people who gave of their time and resources to make this campaign successful, during some tough economic times, will indeed make a difference," he said.

Some of the campaign achievements are increasing the university's endowment by $73 million, increasing annual giving for academic programs and providing funding for new or renovation and expansion of athletic facilities.

The university decided to extend the campaign, with the new goal of $1 billion, to continue to support and meet the needs of students, faculty and staff; help fund the Clemson 2020 Road Map; and assist the group of committed volunteers who want to lead.
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