October 11, 2013 10:15:17 AM
Carl Smith - [email protected]
Mississippi State University announced Thursday its intention to raise $600 million through a capital fundraising campaign called Infinite Impact.
The university has quietly secured almost $345 million since July 1, 2010, when the MSU Foundation began securing leadership-level donations, a release states. Funds will be used to secure long-range planning efforts for the school's eight academic colleges, the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, MSU's Meridian campus, its library and athletics department.
Contributions to MSU through 2018 will flow to the Infinite Impact program, the release states. Donations to the Bulldog Club and athletic programs also count toward the program's goal.
In the 1990s, MSU raised more than $143 million in a capital funds campaign and again secured more than $462 million in the 2000s.
"As our institution unveils 'Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign,' it does so with a great purpose of shaping not only the university, but the future of the world in which we live," said MSU President Mark Keenum in the release. "This campaign is like no other in our history, and its success will be measured over time as private gifts allow us to make a positive difference on a global scale.
"Alumni and friends can help MSU prepare a rising generation of leaders who will understand society's most complex problems and mastermind solutions to combat life-altering issues," he added later in the release. "In this capital campaign, we can be united as a people by our vision for the future and our willingness to face the challenges that lie before us."
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch