It takes a significant commitment to develop the next generation of world leaders. Our students will graduate from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and be asked to address global challenges that will require innovative thinking, a collaborative spirit, and an entrepreneurial drive. They will be motivated to succeed and to lead. It is incumbent upon us to prepare these young people with the best, most comprehensive education possible.
With government funding increasingly under strain, our future leadership in public higher education depends upon our supporters. That leadership will be guided by the same commitments and the same land-grant mission that have made Penn State great, even as we respond to the needs of our students and a changing world.
We are ready to commit to truly great--to enable the extraordinary culture of Penn State to reach an enduring level of excellence that defines a public land-grant university in the twenty-first century. No institution offers a more powerful example of private support furthering the public good than Penn State. No institution has greater potential to transform philanthropy from commitment to impact.
We are asking Penn State's alumni and friends to become our partners in fulfilling the three core imperatives of a truly great public university. While all gifts will help us to aim higher for our institution and our students, our success in the coming campaign will be measured by the support we receive toward the following goals:
Open Doors: Private support cannot only bring talented students from every background to Penn State--it can help them to graduate on time and on track to successful careers and lives.
Create Transformative Experiences: Philanthropy will provide the opportunities--in our classrooms, on our campuses, and in the larger world--that let students and faculty discover their full potential and make a difference.
Impact the World: With the visionary gifts of alumni and friends, we can tackle the world's most pressing problems, from health care to energy--and solve them.