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Bentley College Launches $100 Million Fund-Raising Campaign

November 14, 2001

WALTHAM, Mass.- Bentley College has announced the public launch of a five-year, $100 million fund-raising campaign.

The Campaign for Bentley College will support scholarships, academics and student life. It is the largest campaign in the college's 84-year history.

Bentley administrators have been engaged for several months in the so-called quiet phase of the campaign, working successfully to raise a significant portion of the overall goal before the public launch this fall.

"We've received pace-setting gifts over the past two years from several remarkably generous alumni and friends," said Bentley College President Joseph G. Morone. "We're confident that many others will step up as we work to capitalize on our extraordinary momentum and move the college to a new level of academic excellence and national distinction."

A $15 million gift from Trustee Elkin B. McCallum '67 and his family's foundation, and an $8 million pledge (over and above an earlier $2 million gift) from Trustee Robert F. Smith '53 and his wife, Miriam, set new standards for giving to Bentley. In addition, the college recently received a $2 million contribution from Nathan R. Miller '54 and his wife, Lillian.

Specific areas for campaign support include:

Scholarships -- To increase scholarship awards that will maintain accessibility to Bentley College, while also enabling the college to provide attractive aid packages and compete for top students with prominent, highly selective schools.

Academics -- To fund professorships, curricular innovation and research, and facilities and technology to maintain leadership in business education and strengthen arts and sciences programs.

Student Life -- To enrich the collegiate experience through new facilities (a new student center, residence halls and athletic fields) and expanded extracurricular programming.

"Bentley is clearly evolving from a very good school to a great school, and the campaign is already serving as a rallying point for alumni who want to be involved in getting us there," says John T. Collins '69, now in his fourth year as chairman of the Bentley College Board of Trustees. Collins led Bentley's last fund-raising campaign, which ended in 1997 and raised a then-record $33 million.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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