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Millsaps Annual Fund Launches "Building Towards Excellence" Campaign

Rooted in its founding and echoed in its motto, the pursuit of excellence is felt throughout the College – touching everything from recruitment to academic programs to student life. This restless pursuit of excellence, of challenging, questioning, understanding, reflecting, of always looking to the future is one of the College’s greatest strengths.

Building Towards Excellence

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It is an important part of Millsaps that remains with us throughout our lives. It’s the part of Millsaps that transforms students from all walks of life into successful adults who go out into the world and make a difference in the communities they touch. It’s what many of us appreciate most about our Millsaps experience.

Millsaps alumni have provided leadership at every level to ensure that the College is a beacon of excellence for generations to come, and will continue to do so. We are now calling on alumni to join the Building Towards Excellence initiative, a campaign to grow support of the College over the next four years.

There is no more tangible way for us, as alumni, to claim the strength of our alma-mater than to give to the Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund are meaningful and consequential gifts that support what needs to be funded today. And these immediate-use gifts are what help ensure Millsaps’ success year after year after year.

We are asking you to join Millsaps Trustees, members of the faculty and staff, and other alumni in providing leadership support for the College through the Building Towards Excellence initiative.

Our Goal: Recruit 100 new members into the Homer Ellis Finger Society who will commit to giving $2,500 annually for the next four years.

Impact: Collectively, alumni who participate in Building Towards Excellence will provide approximately $150,000-$200,000 annually in new and increased Annual Fund gifts. Over four years, they will provide $600,000-$800,000 in new and increased gifts to the college, helping to:

  • Compete with other colleges and universities to grow enrollment by recruiting bright and talented students from throughout the country and around the world.
  • Provide faculty with resources needed to deliver the exceptional educational experiences and mentorships that distinguish Millsaps from other colleges and universities.
  • Provide support services for students to help them excel both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Stay up to date with the ever-changing world of technology.

Why Now: As we look forward to celebrating the 125th anniversary of the College in 2015, there is much to be excited about. Our President’s passion and enthusiasm for Millsaps is utterly contagious and his strategic insights and dynamic leadership are strong. The College’s new strategic plan offers ambitious goals and inspiring opportunities to transform the lives of Millsaps students as well as the world in which we live. The Board is committed. The President is committed. Faculty, staff, and students are committed. We need the commitment of alumni if Millsaps is to be successful in its pursuit of excellence and remain a nationally recognized liberal arts college where learning and leadership, personal and intellectual growth, good citizenship, and a desire to succeed and make a difference in the world thrive.

The Commitment:

  • $2,500 by June 30, 2013
  • $2,500 by June 30, 2014
  • $2,500 by June 30, 2015
  • $2,500 by June 30, 2016

Click here to make your commitment and become one of the 100 “Building Towards Excellence” donors and help us transform the Millsaps student experience.


Gene Ainsworth, Class of ‘64
Co-Chair, Building Towards Excellence

Tom Fowlkes, Class of ‘65
Co-Chair, Building Towards Excellence

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