Dear alumni, parents and other friends of Wofford College:
It is with deep gratitude on behalf of the entire faculty, staff, and student population of Wofford College that I acknowledge and thank you for your financial support in 2014.
This past year was one of planning, growth and certainly excitement for our college. In October of 2014 the Board of Trustees unanimously approved our strategic vision. This vision will take us into the next decade as Wofford becomes “a premier, innovative and distinctive national liberal arts college defined by excellence, engagement and transformation in its commitment to prepare superior students for meaningful lives as citizens, leaders and scholars.”
Maybe the most exciting thing of all is that the vision already is becoming a reality. Following the vision’s approval, the college announced the first two facilities included in the plan—The Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts and the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, given by Wofford alumnus and trustee Jerry Richardson ’59. We broke ground on the center for the arts in May during a wonderful ceremony filled with color and the promise of a community hub for creativity. This summer, we will also break ground on the new Greek Village, a place that will serve as a new social center of campus near Gibbs Stadium. These and other transformative spaces will further differentiate the Wofford experience among other liberal arts colleges.
The continued realization of our bold vision for the Wofford of the next decade requires the continued support of all who love this college. Please know that your gifts are already making an impact on the Wofford experience. Wofford consistently ranks among top-tier liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and other measures that compare value and cost to high-impact learning opportunities. The college is ranked #4 in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad for credit, providing students with cultural immersion on all seven continents. Wofford not only educates, but also empowers students through strong faculty and staff support systems. We are among the “most economically diverse top colleges,” according to The New York Times’ recent ranking of the top 99 colleges and universities based on efforts to provide low-income students accessibility to a college education. This is largely because of your gifts to the Annual Fund in 2014, which helped underwrite current operations, offering the equivalent of a $1,800 scholarship to every Wofford College student. Your gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference, and we appreciate every single donation.
Amidst these exciting changes, we are continually committed to ensuring that a Wofford education is accessible and affordable and that our students graduate in four years. We appreciate your commitment to Wofford students and to the important cause of educating student leaders. A Wofford College education is a great investment, and we thank you for sharing your resources to make the Wofford experience possible for all students.
Dr. Nayef H. Samhat