Bellarmine University has completed a $100 million capital campaign that has established scholarships, new academic pathways and paid for the construction or renovation of 11 facilities on its Highlands campus, including offices, a dining hall and the Clayton Truth Wall.
The university called the impact of the campaign “transformative,” while its new president, Susan M. Donovan, said she hopes to move the institution “to even greater prominence and impact in the local, regional and global society.”
The private, Catholic institution, which is in the Highlands, has about 4,000 students, including 2,650 undergraduates. Enrollment has grown 46 percent since 2005. Tuition and fees cost $40,350, up $1,000, or 2.5 percent, from last school year.
The university said in a press release that it raised nearly $101 million from 44,000 gifts ranging from $1 to $5 million, with more than $30 million coming from alumni.
The funds supported, among other things, 49 scholarships, five professorships, international study opportunities, the Institute for Advanced Analytics and initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Bellarmine said the funds also helped construct or renovate 11 campus facilities, including Centro’s McGowan Hall, which houses classrooms offices, the school of business and the analytics institute; the University Dining Hall; the Michael E. Hobbs Endowed Physical Therapy Service Learning Clinic; and the Clayton Truth Wall outside Our Lady of the Woods Chapel.
The university said that the campaign “was guided by Vision 2020, an ambitious plan developed by former president Joseph McGowan that set a broad vision for new schools, new majors, new faculty, new buildings and new ways to serve Louisville, the state and the region.”