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Dean Jim White sits at his desk in South Building.

"We have a responsibility as a public research university to serve the state and the larger world." (Photo by Donn Young)

As you can see from the cover of this issue, we’re celebrating the many successes of our Campaign for Carolina, the University’s $5.1 billion fundraising campaign that wrapped up on Dec. 31. In all, the College of Arts and Sciences raised more than $764 million, comfortably surpassing its $750 million goal. These funds will benefit generations of students, faculty and programs, and they represent the hope, faith and confidence that more than 9,300 alumni, parents and friends demonstrated that they have in us by making a gift to the College.

I note in the Campaign Q&A that now is the time for us to start planning for the College of Arts and Sciences that we want to be 10 years from now. Foremost, I want to ensure that our students are getting the best possible education — one that prepares them for the careers of tomorrow and to be engaged and informed citizens who participate in this great democracy. We want to ensure that our faculty have the resources they need both to teach and to conduct their scholarly and creative activities. And we have a responsibility as a public research university to serve the state and the larger world.

Because we are always seeking ways to enhance what we do, our work is never done. Private philanthropy provides that margin of excellence that helps us achieve our ambitious goals. My deepest gratitude to all who contributed to the campaign.


Jim White

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Published in the Spring 2023 issue | Letter from Dean

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