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Wheelock College Announces $80 Million Capital Campaign
(click here for a downloadable Word version of the press release) 

Boston (October 12, 2011) - Wheelock College announced today the public phase of a capital campaign to raise $80 million, the largest fundraising initiative in the College's history. 

"Our founder, Lucy Wheelock, was deeply committed to improving the lives of children and families - the College's mission - and believed that educating children was one of the most effective and far-reaching ways of changing society for the better," said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Wheelock's president, during the campaign's kickoff event at the WGBH studios in Boston. "This Campaign will greatly advance the College's ability to prepare more graduates who are passionately committed to serving future generations of children and families." 

Wheelock College is a higher education leader in preparing graduates who serve society; 82 percent of its graduates are teachers, social workers, and child life professionals who serve the needs of children in hospitals, as well as juvenile justice and youth advocates. Reflecting on the Campaign's theme, Leading Innovation and Inspiring Change, Wheelock's Board Chair Ranch Kimball said, "The Campaign will expand on Wheelock's past leadership in developing innovative programs and its growing enrollment of outstanding students who want to make a positive difference in the world."

At the event, President Jenkins-Scott announced the achievement of one of the Campaign's key goals: full funding of a $5 million endowment for technology enhancement and innovation. "This is a transformational gift that will ensure continuing innovative use of technology, which is integral to every aspect of Wheelock's educational mission today, whether it is teaching and learning in and outside the classroom, research and scholarship, curriculum development, our global programs, or our community partnerships," she said.

Co-Chairs Keena Dunn Clifford '68 and Robert A. Lincoln noted the Campaign's additional goals: increased annual fund giving and scholarship endowments, new endowments for faculty and innovation, and additional funds for facilities projects and a sustainable campus environment.

"Already, the College has raised $53 million toward the Campaign goal, and we are confident that donors who share a belief in Wheelock's mission will want to support its future," said Lincoln. "With substantial new resources, the College will build on its current financial strength and success in addressing changing needs both in higher education and in our ever more complex society."

The quiet phase of Wheelock's Capital Campaign began on July 1, 2007. The seven-year campaign will conclude on June 30, 2014. 

"In today's world, the need is great for leaders with vision, passion and the ability to inspire change," said Clifford. "No higher education institution is better prepared or more deeply committed to educate and advocate for children and families than Wheelock College. The strong leadership Wheelock has with its trustees, corporators, and president inspires great excitement and confidence in the Campaign that lies ahead."


About Wheelock College

Founded in 1888 and located in Boston, Massachusetts, Wheelock College is a private institution with the public mission of improving the quality of life for children and their families.  The College fulfills this mission by providing a strong education in the arts and sciences and in its professional fields - child and family studies, social work, and education - for which its undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Through its academic programs and student experience, the College reflects the multicultural dimensions of the countries in which it operates and fosters diverse learning communities - all of which contribute to the success, leadership, and impact that its graduates enjoy in a wide variety of careers. For more information, visit

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