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The University enters the final year of Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign

November 20, 2018

Stronger Truer Sewanee—The Campaign for the University of the South
Reinforcing Academic Distinction



As we enter the final year of the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign, it is important to reflect on what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. The campaign has raised over $240 million toward its $250 million goal. We are almost there. And with your help, we will reach and even exceed that goal.

Reinforcing Academic Distinction is one of the campaign's most important priorities. So far, $46 million has been raised toward a goal of $50 million. So much has been achieved, but there are still important projects that need your support.

Key Accomplishments:
  • Improving faculty compensation to close the gap between Sewanee and its peer institutions.

  • Launching the Civic and Global Leadership program—bridging campus and community and bringing purpose to public service.

  • Expanding the innovative Finding Your Place program for first-year students.
Projects needing continued support:
  • A revitalized Office of Medical and Health Programs with dedicated advising, student-centered support, and new curriculum that prepares students for success after Sewanee is seeking new annual gifts for activities like test preparation, the Sewanee at Yale program, or the VanderbiltSewanee Undergraduate Research Experience, and new endowments including some for medical internships (starting at $125,000).

  • The Office of Civic Engagement is seeking a sustaining $4 million endowment to continue its work facilitating partnerships between campus and community members to develop the relationships, knowledge, and skills that improve our common life across the South Cumberland Plateau.

  • Sewanee's Integrated Program in the Environment is innovative and influential. A $4 million goal includes funds for research instrumentation and internships that will help Sewanee take significant new steps and explore new partnerships. A new University Farm building ($500,000) will support a program that involves students across the curriculum.

  • A new home for economics, business, and Career and Leadership Development will build academic distinction and foster opportunities for students. Any gift is appreciated, and naming opportunities begin at $50,000.


Enjoy these two videos highlighting two programs that have benefited from the Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign.

Finding Your Place—Haven Watson, C'20, Cincinnati, Ohio

Civic & Global Leadership—Emily Badgett, C'20, Concord, North Carolina

For all who love Sewanee, this is our time. For all who have shared in the splendor of this place and been transformed by it, this is our chance.

If you are interested in a gift that goes beyond current-use dollars, named endowed internship funds begin at the $100,000 level. Named endowed scholarship funds begin at the $150,000 level for the College and $75,000 for the School of Theology.