Reaching the World
Eight years, 25,000 donors, and $376 million later, many of the goals in the strategic plan have been met.
Published October 19, 2010
It was 2002, and the College had just gone through some serious introspection. The result was a renewed sense of the importance of Colby's liberal arts values, identity, and mission—articulated in a document called A Strategic Plan for Colby. The plan outlined goals: nurture Colby's culture of teaching, extend the College's commitment to international education, create a center for public and international affairs, reinforce Colby's Environmental Studies Program, increase the diversity of the student body, among others. "Any truly strategic plan for Colby must aim at improving the quality, power, and richness of the educational experience we offer to our students," the plan stated.
Eight years, 25,000 donors, and $376 million later, many of the goals in the strategic plan have been met. Reaching the World, the most ambitious capital campaign in Colby history, buttresses the College's academic excellence, increases access to a Colby education for a wide array of qualified students, strengthens Colby's connections to local and global communities, and affirms and deepens the College's core values. Indeed, the campaign has already substantively changed the shape of a Colby education.
- Thousands of gifts have provided for new financial aid programs.
- Funding will double the faculty in environmental studies.
- The Davis United World College Scholars program, supported by philanthropist Shelby Davis, and other admissions and financial aid initiatives have given Colby its most international student body ever.
- The Diamond Building provides a central location for exploration of social, economic, and political issues from a variety of perspectives.
- The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement focuses Colby's emphasis on active citizenship at all levels.
- Pulver Pavilion provides a dramatic center for student life.
- The Lunder Collection is coming to the museum of art, which soon will add a dramatic new wing.
- The Bill Alfond Field and the Harold Alfond Stadium ensure that Colby student athletes compete on state-of-the-art fields.
"We have accomplished great things," said President William D. Adams. "And now, as we look toward Colby's two-hundredth birthday, great things are yet to come." These and other impacts reflect the generosity and commitment of thousands of alumni, parents, and friends to Colby's mission, and they point the College into the future.