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Middlebury College reaches $200
million campaign goal

$10 million gift allows College to meet
goal two months early

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Middlebury College
has received a $10 million donation to its Bicentennial campaign,
bringing the amount raised to date in the campaign to $200
million-the amount established as the campaign goal when the College
launched the fundraising drive in October of 1997.

College president John M. McCardell,
Jr. announced the news that the goal had been reached to College
fundraisers and trustees on Friday, May 3. The board of trustees was
on campus for its spring meeting.

McCardell said that reaching the goal
does not mean the campaign is over. “The campaign does not close its
books until June 30,” he said. “We must close as many commitments as
we can in the remaining time, and enlist all those who believe in
this College and its vision as supporters of this historic

At the conclusion of its meeting on
Saturday, the board of trustees-which, as a group, contributed $50
million to the campaign-passed a resolution recognizing the $10
million donation and congratulating Vice President Will Melton and
his external affairs staff for meeting the goal. The resolution reads
in part, “These exemplary accomplishments give us every reason to
hope and expect that other impossible dreams will be similarly
realized at a pace and with an energy and depth of commitment that
will continue to astound only those who do not understand the vision
and the determination we possess, and, on this day, unanimously and
enthusiastically reaffirm.”

Referring to the $10 million gift
that enabled the campaign to reach its goal, McCardell said that the
desire of the donor to remain anonymous was in keeping with the style
of the entire campaign. Noting that the $200 million total was
reached through the combination of both large and small gifts,
McCardell said, “This goal has been reached one dollar at a time.
This has been from the very start an all-College campaign.”