It’s more than a milestone. It’s a moment to be seized. And an opportunity to secure forever Allegheny College’s rightful place as one of the great liberal arts colleges in the history of the United States.
“A Moment To Be Seized”
And we remain one of the colleges featured in every edition of Loren Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives — the seminal book on the nation’s greatest liberal arts colleges.
The College has attracted a faculty of premier teachers and researchers – one of the best in the nation – and invested to retain them.
We have beautified our campus. Allegheny always has been idyllic. Now it is breathtaking.
Forty-five percent of our graduates immediately go on to graduate school; within five years, 80 percent of Allegheny graduates are continuing to pursue their educations.
We are an acknowledged U.S. environmental leader. And we are the nation’s No. 1 leader in the noble quest to make political debate more civil through the annual awarding of the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
On Graduation Day, Allegheny now is a destination for national commencement speakers such as E.J. Dionne and Douglas Brinkley, and honorary degree recipients such as Arnold Palmer and Tom Ridge.
There is yet one unattained achievement that stands between us and an unmistakably certain future of greatness. And that is to increase our endowment.
“Allegheny has a long and distinguished record of producing not only future scientists and scholars, but business leaders as well … it is a first-rate place.”
Author, Colleges That Change Lives
Endowment growth is not a luxury.
Simply put, if we fail to seize this moment and increase our endowment, we won’t just fail to grow, we could decline. Because in today’s competitive higher-education marketplace, to stand pat is to fall behind. Lesser schools are failing. Resting on one’s laurels, even two centuries’ worth, would be a formula for retreat.
And so we launch “Our Allegheny” – Allegheny’s quest, as it approaches its 200th anniversary, to double its endowment – and in so doing, to further catch the attention of the nation. To assure our future. And to grow to even greater heights.
History of Giving – “The Jefferson Letter”
On an autumn day in 1822, three horse-drawn wagons clopped onto campus, ending a long journey to Meadville – still a relative outpost on the American frontier.
It was an extraordinary gift. And it instantly gave Allegheny one of the leading academic libraries – and one of the most sterling academic reputations – in the young United States.
It was, in a sense, Allegheny’s first capital campaign, and our first transformative gift. And it put Allegheny on the national map. Allegheny’s first President, Timothy Alden, in 1824 received an unsolicited letter, congratulating the College on its “good fortune of having become the objects of donations so liberal.”
The letter was written by former President Thomas Jefferson. Dated Feb. 14, 1824, and penned from Monticello, the letter remains in the Pelletier Library Archives today.
The letter memorialized Allegheny as a college of national stature. It established unequivocally the greatness that is our heritage. It set a standard of national excellence that still drives us today.
And it is a riveting demonstration of how powerful an Allegheny College capital campaign can be.
Now, in our 200th anniversary, we will once again seek “donations so liberal” that we will be seen in perpetuity as one of the premier institutions of our kind in the land.
James H. Mullen, Jr., President
Marjorie S. Klein, Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs
The leadership of the Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest campaign includes eight co-chairs. They come from a variety of professional backgrounds but they all share an unwavering commitment to the continuing success of Allegheny College.
Edward J. Borkowski ’81
Mary H. Feeley ’78
Kim Tillotson Fleming
Steven D. Levinsky ’78
Christine Scott Nelson ’73
Dag J. Skattum ’84
Hayes C. Stover ’62
Patricia Bush Tippie ’56
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