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MSU Billings Campaign Raises $23.1 Million

Bruce Parker, chairman of the Montana State University Billings People, Pride & Promise campaign, will announce before a sellout crowd at Saturday evening’s Wine and Food Festival, that the campaign has raised $23.1 million in gifts and pledges for the university.  Parker said, “As the campaign proceeds through its final year, there is tremendous excitement on the part of the 55-member National Campaign Leadership Council to reach $25 million on behalf of MSU Billings.”

The five-year campaign, the largest volunteer fund-raising effort in the university’s history, was launched in January of 2002 to raise money for scholarships and capital improvements and to build endowments for academic programs.  “The response to this campaign to date confirms that MSU Billings has passionate and dedicated volunteer leadership, and alumni and friends in Billings, throughout Montana, and across the nation who are willing to invest in MSU Billings and its students” said Marilynn Miller, president and CEO of the MSU Billings Foundation.  

Chancellor Ron Sexton added, “This campaign has made extraordinary strides for the university, its students and faculty, beyond the dollars raised.  It has increased awareness of the importance and impact of the university on Billings, Yellowstone County and the state; renewed and created new friendships among our graduates; strengthened the university’s ties to its constituents; and heightened MSUB’s visibility across the nation.”  

“We’re not finished yet,” says Parker.  “The remaining six months of the campaign will focus on initiatives that have not been fully funded but remain as priorities for the university.  I am very proud of the people of this university.  They take great pride in helping their students succeed.  We all understand that a college degree provides promise for a better future – for both our graduates and our state.”

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