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The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson

The Will to Lead campaign successfully exceeded its goal of $600 million by raising $608,839,594 by 2012.

These funds allowed Clemson to:

  • grant 357 scholarships and fellowships to deserving students,
  • establish 95 new endowed chairs, professorships and faculty support,
  • increase student engagement opportunities, and
  • impact through new construction or renovation over one million square feet of facilities, including:
    • Watt Family Innovation Center
    • WestZone
    • Class of 1956 Academic Success Center
    • Thomas F. Chapman Grandstands at Doug Kingsmore Stadium
    • Harris A. Smith Building
    • Zucker Family Graduate Education Center
    • Lee Hall

In order to continue to fund the areas of strategic need pinpointed in the 2020 Road Map, campaign leadership, in support for Clemson University leadership, has made the bold decision to extend the campaign to a goal of $1 billion, the largest goal ever set by a public university with an alumni base of our size.

The need is still great.

The priorities of the $1 billion effort are:

  1. Students: Enhance student quality and performance
  2. Faculty: Attract, retain and reward top people
  3. Facilities: Build to compete — facilities, infrastructure and technology
  4. Engagement: Provide student engagement opportunities for all students

Specific priorities for student support:

In-state students

  • Need-based scholarships
  • Additional merit-based scholarships

Out-of-state students

  • Need-based scholarships

Specific priorities for faculty support

  • New endowed chairs and professorships
  • Salary enhancements for current faculty
  • New faculty hires in core curriculum
  • New faculty hires in emphasis areas

Specific Priorities for facility needs:

Renovations, expansions and new construction in the areas of:

  • Student life
  • Academics and research
  • Athletics

Specific priorities for student engagement:

  • Creative Inquiry
  • Scholarships for study abroad
  • Increased on-campus internships
  • Additional living-learning communities