As the Billy Price Band was wrapping up their set and the pyrotechnic display was just about to begin on Friday night, I was walking through the tent that had just played host to the public launch of Inspire Innovation, The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University.
An alumnus stopped me and said, "Having this kickoff during Homecoming with everyone from campus invited was fabulous. I cannot tell you what it meant to come back to campus and see the whole university celebrating an event. The throngs of students alone made my day."
I had heard similar comments from faculty, returning alumni and students during the evening – and I must admit, the reaction was what we were hoping for.
This campaign is about bringing together the extended Carnegie Mellon community – faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends, to rally around and support the wonder of what this university is and what it is to become.
Yes, it's about growing the financial endowment, but it's also about making every stakeholder in the university a true partner - informed, involved and an advocate for who we are.
Call it human endowment.
Although we each bring our individual experiences from working here or studying here, we all share a sense of pride and amazement of what we have accomplished and how the value of the university to the world has been enhanced.
We hope the campaign to be transparent to you as we share our challenges and successes. We hope this campaign is your campaign and we thank you for your involvement.