From the Manchester College Archives

News Release

Contact: Jeri Kornegay

Director of Media and Public Relations




Manchester’s $100 million campaign

 says it all in the name: Students First!

Manchester College is charting a $100 million fund-raising path lined with new learning facilities, scholarships, new student and faculty support systems. Increases to the endowment and annual fund will nurture the journey.


While $100 million is a breathtaking goal for the Students First! campaign, President Jo Young Switzer and the Board of Trustees are confident. The College has generous support and the right team to transform Manchester students’ horizons with modern opportunities and structures, she said.

At a Students First! celebration Friday night, donors cheered student and alumni testimonials of their Manchester-inspired successes and experiences – and President Switzer’s announcement that the College has secured commitments and cash exceeding $73 million.

“Students first. That’s the way learning happens here,” said President Switzer. “It’s our way of teaching. It’s second nature for us to listen and respond to our students, to help them develop into persons of ability and conviction. To prepare them to make a positive impact on the world. Putting students first is what we do. It is who we are.”

The College has remarkable momentum with leadership million-dollar giving from major donors and foundations. For the remainder of the journey, Students First! will draw from the enthusiasm of the typical Manchester donor of more modest means.

Manchester’s alumni and friends have a tradition of sharing the load and “paying it forward.” They give in memory of their College experiences, teachers and mentors and in support of the College mission to graduate persons who accept their responsibility to help improve the human condition. A nine-year fund drive concluded in 2005 with $70 million, $20 million over goal.

“At Manchester College, we know what’s important and why we’re here,” said President Switzer, a 1969 graduate of the 1,320-student College that also is building a School of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne.

“The name of this campaign says it all. Students come first – always," she said. "That’s why everything about our transformative campaign supports Manchester students for the 21st century and beyond: more scholarships, stronger teaching, inviting learning facilities, efficient support services and a rock-solid financial footing for building a rock-solid future.”

Charting the course are leadership alumni donors Dave and Sandy Haist of Grabill, Ind., who co-chair the Students First! campaign, and Michael Eastman, vice president for College advancement. To learn more about the entire campaign, and watch student testimonials, visit

The eight-year campaign, which includes bequests and other deferred gifts, has nine focal funds. Naming opportunities abound, not only for classrooms, lecture rooms and entire buildings, but also for scholarships, endowed professorships and academic programs.

  • Academic Center and Welcome Center, $9 million. Construction is well under way and on-schedule toward an early June 2012 move into the learning and admissions centers in the center of the North Manchester campus.
  • Endowed scholarships, $15 million. “These scholarships help us hold down costs for young people who otherwise might not be able to attend and will enable our students to graduate with less debt,” said Eastman.
  • Faculty support, $8 million. Additional resources for professional development and research not only create richer teaching content, they also provide side-by-side learning opportunities with students.
  • Administration Building, $6 million. The current facility was built in stages from 1889 to 1921. The College will construct a new administrative center that is efficient, accessible and conserves vital operating resources.
  • School of Pharmacy, $36 million. While Fort Wayne construction (well under way) and other start-up costs of the School are supported by a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the College seeks resources to enrich service learning, curriculum and outreach that will benefit the entire community.
  • The Manchester Fund, $20 million. From building and grounds maintenance to library and laboratory materials, utilities and equipment, this annual fund pays many of the bills.
  • Additions to Physical Education and Recreation Center, $1.5 million. Completed in 2010, this added two high-tech classrooms and new locker rooms and athletic training areas to support growing enrollment in athletic training at the baccalaureate and master’s level.
  • General endowment, $3.5 million. Manchester’s portfolio of invested assets currently is about $36 million, far below that of other independent colleges, said Eastman.
  • Chime Tower, $1 million. The 10-bell historical College Chime, currently at the core of the Administration Building, is a Manchester icon, calling students to classes since 1922. The College will erect a freestanding Chime Tower in the heart of campus.

October 2011