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The Campaign for Excellence at Montana State University Billings

People, Pride & Promise: The Campaign for Excellence at Montana State University Billings began as a $21 million fund-raising effort in January 2002 and reached its triumphant conclusion on December 31, 2006, having generated $30,163,696 for scholarships, capital projects, and university excellence funds.

Donors to People, Pride & Promise created positive, lasting changes.

  • Scholarship gifts increased dramatically, allowing MSU Billings Foundation to now award scholarships totaling more than $1 million every year.

  • The largest gift in the history of the university--$1.4 million from the Judith C. and Sam E. McDonald, Jr. Family--helped McDonald Hall become debt free and wholly dedicated to use by the College of Business.

  • The College of Technology campus was expanded, through the purchase of adjacent property, to site the new health sciences building--MSU Billings' first new building in 30 years.

  • Cenex Stadium rose from an empty lot behind the P.E. building.

  • One hundred and three new endowment funds were created to benefit everything from the library to academic colleges to athletics.

  • An old home on campus was renovated into the Loew Child Care and Enrichment Center.

  • Annual giving also increased during the campaign, and now totals more than $1 million each year.

My everlasting gratitude goes to all who made this success possible.  Everyone involved, from donors to volunteers, from faculty to students, from alumni to friends, and from foundations to corporations, made the dream come true.

I invite you to use the link below to read more about the donors, volunteers, and successes of People, Pride & Promise: The Campaign for Excellence at Montana State University Billings

Marilynn Miller
Marilynn Miller
President/CEO
MSU Billings Foundation

See also: Reflections on the Success of the Five-Year Campaign


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