The University of New Brunswick launched its $110 million It Begins Here campaign today at simultaneous events in Fredericton and Saint John.
Campaign co-chairs and UNB alumni David Ganong (BBA ’65, LLD ’12), executive vice-chair, Ganong Bros. Limited, and Robert Quartermain (BSc ’77, DSc ’09), chairman & CEO, Pretivm Resources Inc., emceed the event, setting a fundraising goal of $110 million for the campaign, the largest in UNB’s history.
Half the goal – $55 million will be dedicated to financial support for undergraduate and graduate students. The other half will be used to enhance UNB’s faculties and academic programs. New support for internships, co-op placements and study abroad experiences will create additional opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning.
“We want to give our students a great start by improving access to quality education, supporting excellence and creating new opportunities to apply what they learn,” said Dr. Ganong. “We want to invest in our faculties because a great university requires great researchers and instructors.
“We want to build on our academic strengths because we are better at what we do, in key areas, than any university in Canada. We want to lead Canada’s next wave of innovation because for more than 230 years, UNB has been a force for change. And we want to prepare our students to succeed in the world, because they will be the architects of New Brunswick’s future.”
Dr. Quartermain announced at the launch that he is making a personal donation of $500,000, which will be used to fund the Quartermain Earth Sciences Scholarships and support the development of UNB’s Centre for Healthy Living.
“Our experience at university sets the stage for the continual learning that is essential to a successful life. It teaches us independent thought and the discipline of how to learn, analyze, formulate opinions and communicate,” Dr. Quartermain said. “UNB provides its students with a foundational experience. I want to support that, and I encourage alumni to join me in making this campaign for UNB an outstanding success.”
This campaign builds upon the university’s history and intensifies its impact on the world.
“The future begins here,” said Eddy Campbell, UNB president and vice-chancellor. “It begins with you and me, and I firmly believe that UNB can accomplish anything with the support of our alumni, friends and community partners.”
More than $77 million has been committed to the It Begins Here campaign already by alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. UNB intends to raise the remaining $33 million over the next 18 months.