Carroll aims to raise $50 million

By Arthur Thomas - Freeman Staff

October 18, 2014

WAUKESHA - Carroll University is looking to raise $50 million by the middle of 2016 as part of the biggest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the school’s history.

Campaign Carroll: The Common Thread was originally launched in July 2009 and has raised more than $31 million during what the university called the effort’s “quiet phase.”

University officials, volunteers and donors held an event announcing the campaign on the school’s campus Thursday.

Stephen Kuhn, Carroll’s vice president for institutional advancement, said the campaign would “shape the future of how faculty teach and students learn.”

The campaign will have four major objectives, according to a release from the university. Those goals include improved facilities, an increased endowment, more support for the university’s programs and funding for ongoing strategic initiatives.

The facilities improvements will include the university’s new science center, improvements to athletic and recreation space and construction of other academic facilities.

The school is planing to demolish Maxon Hall, which stands near the corner of College Avenue and Barstow Street. In its place, the plan is to build a new $24 million science building. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Ron Lostetter said recently the school is raising the remaining 20 percent for that project.

Changes to athletic facilities include work at the Van Male Gymnasium, which is ongoing.

The campaign is expected to conclude by June 30, 2016, according to the release. It is being chaired by James DeJong, president of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong and Laing, S.C.; and Timothy Sullivan, CEO of Allied Specialty Vehicles and former CEO of Bucyrus International.