Norwich University $74M towards $100M fundraising goal


Sept. 17, 2016

Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced today that the university has raised more than $74 million towards its $100 million dollar fundraising goal. The announcement was made to over 500 alumni and donors at the “All Class Partridge Society Luncheon and Year of Leadership Launch,” a Homecoming event.

This weekend, Norwich University is hosting several thousand alumni and guests during annual Homecoming festivities held Sept. 16-18. This year kicks off the “Year of Leadership,” the theme for year three in the five-year, $100 million campaign called “Forging the Future.”

The five-year campaign, officially launched in 2014, is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019. The campaign is dedicated to academics at Norwich and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

The $100 million will fund a new academic building on campus; significantly renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. In fall 2015, Kreitzberg Library re-opened after a $6.8 million renovation modernized the campus library to an epicenter of experiential learning.

“Forging the Future is already transforming the Norwich educational experience as we know it,” Schneider said. “The money raised is going towards enhancing the teaching and learning environments on our campus, so that when our graduates leave Norwich, they will be equipped to meet the challenges of the future.”

Construction of a “CoLaboratory” building, the first step in the $59 million Webb/Dewey/Ainsworth/Mack project, is presently underway. Initially, this pre-engineered building will provide 11 temporary classrooms for use while the other buildings are undergoing renovation. Starting in August 2019 the CoLab building will provide double-height work space and lab spaces for a variety of architecture, engineering and construction management classes as well as work and storage space for Facilities Operations.

“It is up to us to make sure that the next generation of students continues to innovate, to lead and to advance in a global arena unimagined by university founder Captain Partridge nearly two centuries ago,” said campaign chairman Joel A. Kobert, NU Class of 1965.

“As we approach our bicentennial, our goal is to raise $100 million to make Norwich’s next 200 years even greater than the last—with cutting-edge majors, world-class facilities and greater opportunities for all through scholarships and affordable tuition,” Schneider said. “The Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment to fulfill our mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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