At the head
table, from left: Sandy Haist, board Chair J. Bentley Peters,
board Chair Dave Haist, Ann Marden, President Jo Young Switzer,
Switzer, President Emeritus Parker Marden, and student government
president Trent Marsh.
campaign with party for
About 145 members of the Manchester College
community gathered Sunday night at the Honeywell Center in Wabash to
celebrate the completion of The Next Step! Fund-raising campaign.
we started with a campaign with a $49 million goal, when the whistle was
blown, we had a campaign that raised more than $72 million!" said David
A. Haist of Fort Wayne, who chaired the Board of Trustees during part of
the campaign. "These kinds of results come from commitment," added
current board Chair J. Bentley Peters of Elgin, Ill., noting the small
North Manchester liberal arts college has only a modest endowment.
The campaign transformed the campus both with
new and renovated structures, and bolstering funds for technology,
scholarships and faculty enrichment.
"We have much to be thankful," said President
Jo Young Switzer, "abundant blessings to be sure: an energizing science
center, a dramatic recital hall and art gallery, a busy fitness center,
more than $8 million in new scholarships, and many more tangible things.
“But our blessings are even greater … a deep
sense of community right here in this room tonight, the opportunity to
give to a college that transforms lives and a chance to pass our
treasurers of money and time to students whose lives will be enriched