In May 2008, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of our great university gathered in the Montagne Center for a wonderful evening of music and celebration. At that event, I had the tremendous pleasure of announcing that Lamar University has raised $46 million in the first two years of our first-ever comprehensive campaign-a thrilling start toward a very ambitious-but achievable-goal of $100 million.
As of January 2012, $95 million had been raised, with two years remaining in the campaign, so the goal has been raised to $125 million. That $125 million will be the catalyst for turning possibilities into realities-a bold investment in the future unparalleled in the history of this great university.
As they toiled and invested their last dollar, Patillo Higgins and Anthony Lucas could not have imagined the impact their success at Spindletop would have on the world. Neither can we imagine how this region and our world will change when we toil together to make such an investment in the future at Lamar University.
Guiding us in this worthy endeavor is a campaign cabinet of exceptional caliber-accomplished women and men who have come alongside Lamar University to provide outstanding leadership and set the example for us all.
We are so thankful for the participation and generosity of those who have set our campaign squarely on the path to success. We are emboldened as more and more individuals step forward, clearly captivated by the renewed vision of the university and discovering the role they can play in bringing it to fruition.
We are all partners in investing in the future. All gifts move us toward the goal-major gifts, planned gifts, annual gifts-these options and many more are all ways you can participate. Join with us in moving Lamar University to a new level of excellence by Investing in the Future, today.
With Cardinal pride,
James M. Simmons