In September 2006, Hobart and William Smith Colleges embarked on the most ambitious capital campaign of our history. At the national kick-off party for Campaign for the Colleges at Lincoln Center, President Mark Gearan announced, “With both gratitude and inspiration from the past, we have set an ambitious agenda for the future.” He stated the Campaign charge: “To move these Colleges so that future generations will have the benefit of a world class education; this is our moment.”
Campaign for the Colleges supports the Colleges’ strategic plan HWS 2010. The Campaign seeks to raise funds for on-campus improvements including a Performing Arts Center, the renovation of the Scandling Center and athletics facilities, preserving the legacy of the campus, and providing cutting-edge Information Technology services. Another portion is dedicated to the Colleges’ endowment funds to ensure scholarships and internships for students and endowed professorships for faculty members, and to secure the future of programs like global education. The Campaign also recognizes the first 100 years of William Smith College, 1908-2008, with a Centennial celebration November 7-9, 2008.
The goals of the strategic plan HWS 2010 can be categorized under four headings. Each of the aspirations detailed in Campaign for the Colleges relate to one or more of these strategic goals:
We will be known for the quality of our students, faculty, staff, and graduates. We will be recognized for the quality of our curriculum - its relevance in preparing citizens for the modern world. And we will be known for our place - a beautiful campus at the side of a lake, with modern facilities to support a residential liberal arts education.
We will seek to offer our distinctive education to young men and women from any background based on their promise to achieve rather than their ability to pay.
In our dealings with one another on campus and in our relationship to the world beyond, we will model involved, compassionate, and effective citizenship.
By providing our students with the tools that will enable them to develop their intellect and grow as creative, critical thinkers, we will equip them to lead examined, productive lives, whatever course they choose.