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Business school's faculty/staff campaign surpasses $500,000 goal

WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- When you’ve been around as long as the College of William and Mary, it’s hard to imagine an unprecedented experience. But the business school changed that on April 25th with its announcement of a history-making faculty and staff campaign for the Mason School of Business programs and their new home, Alan B. Miller Hall.

The campaign raised over $545,000, exceeding its goal of $500,000. With 85% participation from faculty and staff, the accomplishment is unique in the history of the College and rare if not unique among schools of business and universities at large.

Co-chaired by Professors Larry Ring and Bud Robeson, the committee comprising faculty and staff surpassed the goal in less than 12 months.

Dean Lawrence B. Pulley commended the efforts of the supporters, explaining that the support was more than a gesture, but rather a strong endorsement of the business school and its mission.

“It is not the amount of the gift itself--though exceptional--that impresses and humbles me most; it is instead the fact and the symbolism of coming together in this way, locking arms with the likes of Chip Mason, Alan Miller, and our other partners, and investing personally and substantially in the future of the Mason School of Business and the College of William and Mary.”

Despite the College’s public status, greater private support is needed to sustain its educational mission. One example is the public-private funding partnership between the School and the College to pay for the $75-million Miller Hall, a 165,000 square foot facility located at the corner of Jamestown Road and Ukrop Way on the western side of the campus. The Mason School has nearly reached its goal of raising $50 million through private sources over the last six years.