The Commit to Georgia Campaign launches with a campus celebration.
The University of Georgia officially launched the public phase of its Commit to Georgia Campaign — the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history — with a kickoff celebration on Thursday in Tate Grand Hall with about 700 people in attendance.
Over the past four years, during what is referred to as the quiet phase, more than $650 million has been raised, funding 48 endowed faculty positions, providing more than 25,000 individual scholarships and supporting facilities such as the Veterinary Medical Center, Delta Hall, the Business Learning Community and the Indoor Athletic Facility.
The fundraising to date has surpassed the total amount raised during UGA's previous campaign.
The purpose of the campaign kickoff event was to thank the UGA community for its unyielding support during the quiet phase and to build excitement around the priorities of the campaign moving forward. Speaking at the event were Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner, Student Government Association President Houston Gaines, student Ashitha Rajeurs, Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd and President Jere W. Morehead.
The public phase of the campaign is focused on three priorities:
— Opening Doors and Removing Financial Barriers. The top priority is to raise private support for scholarships and need-based aid to ensure that academically qualified students-regardless of their financial background-have access to a UGA education.
— Enhancing the Learning Environment. The goal of this priority is to prepare UGA graduates to lead in their careers and serve in their communities by expanding experiential learning opportunities and student-faculty mentorship and enhancing academic facilities.
— Solving Grand Challenges. The third priority illustrates UGA's commitment to advancing the state of Georgia and the state of the world by increasing support for faculty and staff to improve lives and communities for generations to come.
"Our faculty, staff and students are the heart of UGA and the inspiration for this campaign," Morehead said. "These priorities represent a commitment to amplify their impact not only on this great university but also on our state, nation and world."