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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

About the Campaign

Honor Our Past, Build Our Future is the largest fundraising initiative in Washington and Lee's history with a goal of $500 million.

Washington and Lee University is one of the nation's oldest and most respected institutions of higher education. It is a singular community that inspires students to reach the full potential of their intellect, educates them for character, and challenges them to solve the problems they will face in a complex world. It fosters a desire not simply to act, but to act intelligently and ethically.

Washington and Lee values its storied past. But it remains "not unmindful of the future." Preserving our distinctive identity and leadership requires constant dedication. To that end, the University is mounting its most ambitious campaign. With a goal of $500 million, this comprehensive campaign will be historic not only for this University, but for liberal arts education nationally. It will focus on the people who are at the heart of the Washington and Lee experience, our tradition of academic innovation, building our endowment, and restoring iconic spaces on campus. The campaign seeks the support of alumni, parents, and friends to meet several major objectives of the University's strategic plan. Through the campaign, we will:

  • Recruit and support students with exceptional personal and intellectual characteristics;
  • Recruit, retain, and develop exceptionally qualified faculty and staff committed to the values of the University;
  • Enhance academic programs that foster learning, engagement, and character;
  • Care for our historic campus and shape a campus for the 21st century;
  • Provide financial flexibility by sustaining the Annual Fund.

The priorities of the campaign result from a strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees in 2007. The premise of that plan is straightforward. Washington and Lee is defining a liberal arts education for the 21st Century based on its enduring strengths: a close-knit community of exceptionally qualified faculty and students; an educational program that provides students with technical and analytical skills as well as the capacity for moral and ethical reasoning; and a commitment to providing that education in an historic setting with a genuine sense of place beyond mere bricks and mortar.

This is a campaign for our future, drawing on the foundations of our past. It is a campaign for our society's future, as we send forth alumni who will continue to make a difference in their communities and professions.

For more information, contact Dennis Cross, Vice President for University Advancement, 540-458-8232 or or Tres Mullis, Executive Director of University Development, 540-458-8165 or