Published Sept. 11, 2015
More than $1 billion was raised during the University of South Carolina’s eight-year Carolina’s Promise campaign, the school’s most successful fundraising effort ever and a new in-state record, President Harris Pastides said.
More than 136,000 donors contributed to the capital campaign, Pastides said Thursday during his annual State of the University address on the Horseshoe.
|USC President Harris Pastides said that over the next decade the university plans to repurpose 530,000 existing square feet for classroom and lab space. (Photo/University of South Carolina)|
The billion-dollar goal was exceeded by more than $43 million, with 134 donors contributing at least $1 million. Nearly 90,000 donors from South Carolina gave more than $604 million, while more than 47,000 out-of-state residents donated more than $438 million, the university said.
The campaign ended by reaching its largest single-year total last year with $180.7 million.
”The donors’ commitments demonstrate a belief that the university, under the leadership and direction of President Pastides and the board, is essential to ensuring a brighter future for our students and the state,” said Jancy Houck, development and alumni relations director.
Pastides touched on a handful of other initiatives during his speech, including the new “Carolina 2025 plan.” That includes a centralized University Advising Center, a net of 25 new faculty hires per year over the next decade and more than 530,000 existing square feet being repurposed to expand classroom and lab space.