Date: December 6, 2022
The Bicentennial Capital Campaign was formally launched in February 2020. Naturally there had been a quiet phase before the formal launch. However, the public launch was literally one month before COVID closed the Seminary. We were not sure exactly what the impact of COVID would be: we imagined that it might make the campaign impossible.
The Campaign Executive Committee met on zoom last night. In many ways, it was an appropriate way to mark the end of the campaign. This had been the campaign more on zoom than not. With the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins and Vice President Linda Dienno, the results of the campaign were shared – both the result in terms of construction and the result in terms of funds raised. It was an exciting meeting: I can share today that the campaign raised $61,946,697.55. There were 2,421 donors. And the results are available for everyone to see as they walk around the campus, not least, the renovated Refectory, Addison, and Library.
It is exciting to see the three classes collaborate on what will be their own gift for the campaign. They are investing in the Bicentennial Banner to adorn our Chapel. For years to come, every worshipper will be reminded on the significance of this moment in the history of the Seminary.
Taken together, I am so grateful. It has been an amazing campaign. Thank you to everyone who has made this moment possible.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President