Letter from the Campaign Chair
Each year, I am pleased to share with you an update on the law school’s Building on Excellence Campaign. Begun in July 2010 and culminating in 2017, the Building on Excellence Campaign will support the construction of the Sumner M. Redstone Building, scholarships and financial aid, faculty research, academic programming, and the Law Fund. As The Record went to print, the School of Law had raised more than $46.7 million in gifts and pledges supporting these fundraising priorities, an impressive 58.5% toward the comprehensive campaign’s multiyear $80 million goal.
With the law school’s campaign publicly launched last year and the Sumner M. Redstone Building naming ceremony behind us, the School of Law broke ground on the new addition last spring. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are looking forward to moving to the new facilities in the fall of 2014, when the BU Law learning experience will transform for the better.
We are at the halfway mark of our campaign and are confident we will reach the $80 million goal. If the enthusiasm and excitement shown by our alumni at our recent Sumner M. Redstone Building Celebration is an indicator of future support, we are well on our way!
In the Annual GIving Report 2013, you will see the names of the School’s most generous benefactors whose gift commitments to BU Law’s campaign make up the impressive $46.7 million total we have received. Among these donors are the Dean’s Advisory Board members whose advice and generosity since the early planning stages of the building project and campaign have played an important role in our success today. This loyal group of distinguished alumni leaders will continue to advise and assist Dean O’Rourke throughout the campaign and beyond.
I encourage you to participate in our monumental Building on Excellence Campaign. Moreover, as you consider the most significant financial commitment you can make, I also challenge you to weigh the impact BU Law has had in preparing you for your career and in enabling your success. Over the course of this extraordinary endeavor, President Brown, Dean O’Rourke and I look forward to speaking speak with many of you to seek your support for our great institution.
Richard C. Godfrey ('79)
Senior Litigation Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Trustee, Boston University
Chair, BU Law Dean's Advisory Board
Chair, BU Law Building on Excellence Campaign