May 23rd, 2016

From the Campaign Chairman

Feld photoDear friend of Boston University,

These are momentous times in the life of The Campaign for Boston University.

As you’ve heard, in mid-April the campaign officially passed the billion-dollar milestone.

No, our work is not done—in fact, far from it! Last fall, the BU board of trustees voted to raise the campaign goal to $1.5 billion, and to extend its timeline to 2019. But we can all be proud of hitting our original target more than a year ahead of time.

We can also be proud of our BU students, who reached a major milestone of their own. At our kick-off celebration in 2012, student leaders announced that as their contribution to the campaign, BU students would perform a million hours of community service. When these recorded hours were totaled, Dean of Students Kenn Elmore announced that the million-hour threshold had been reached and surpassed.

And there’s other good news, some of which you’ll read here. Included is the news of Richard Shipley’s continued generosity and service to BU, most recently marked by a wonderful gift to the School of Medicine that will create the nation’s first dedicated center for prostate cancer research—a welcome and much-needed resource.

I think that this gift and many others embody both passion and insight. They reflect a personal commitment to a cause and an understanding of how to advance that cause. To all of you who have contributed to the campaign to date, thank you for your passion and insight!


Kenneth J. Feld (Questrom’70)
Chairman and CEO, FELD Entertainment, Inc.
Trustee, Boston University

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