A Message from David F. Finney — The Seventh President of Champlain College

President Dave Finney

There's no success like exceeding our goals and that is what we have done together.

Thank You!

 My greatest pleasure as Champlain College president is sharing with you our many success stories: inspiring student outcomes, faculty and staff accomplishments, the College's broad-based community involvement, and our ambitious capital campaign.

There is no success like exceeding our goals, and that is what we've done thanks to your generous support of our Vision Innovation Passion Comprehensive Campaign. We launched the campaign in 2008 with a goal of raising $25 million. We are happy to report we concluded the community effort this summer raising nearly $34 million.

We offer our sincerest gratitude to all the donors — trustees, alumni, parents, corporate partners, staff, faculty, and friends — whose remarkable, ongoing commitment fuels Champlain's momentum. Your gifts have helped us move closer to becoming "The Ideal College," described recently in an Atlantic magazine profile of the College. We constantly strive to be in the vanguard of higher education with a career-focused curriculum, a strong liberal arts core, and a groundbreaking life skills program, which helps lead our students to their dream careers and lifelong personal fulfillment.

The spirit of Champlain's motto, Audeamus, or "Let Us Dare," inspired our campaign, just as it does our daily approach to educating students. In Champlain's tradition, a bold goal was set and then boldly met. The success of this campaign makes it possible for more students to live their dreams by ensuring continued faculty and curricular excellence through innovation, fortifying scholarships and financial aid, and supporting energy-efficient capital projects that enrich our historic neighborhood.

Your passion and philanthropy reinforce our reputation as a college on a path of continuous improvement. As a moving target, the future is always in Champlain's sights. Our students, and our society, benefit enormously from this forward-thinking approach to education.

The campaign also brought us closer to our many alumni in traditional, online, and master's degree programs. The level of support was demonstrated when more than 2,000 alumni helped meet a challenge grant for $2 million as we ended the campaign.

While Champlain's reach is increasingly global, we strive to keep our alumni close, support them in their careers, and help them make a positive difference in the world. Your vision, innovation, and passion make Champlain's 2020 Vision achievable and sustainable.

Thank you for your steadfast support.


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- David F. Finney, President

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