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Letter Home, Fall 2008
St. John's Celebrates Capital Campaign Success
On June 30, 2008, the college concluded "With a Clear and Single Purpose": The Campaign for St. John's College. The campaign raised $134 million for student financial aid, improved student services, new buildings on both campuses, increased faculty salaries and faculty development.
Gilliam Hall Common Room
The campaign began its public phase in April 2006, and the campaign total was announced July 25, 2008, during a campaign celebration on the college's Santa Fe campus. Strong giving from St. John's alumni and parents, several major gifts from foundations, and the financial support of friends of the college—from its communities in Santa Fe and Annapolis and from across the nation—allowed the college to raise more than its ambitious $125 million goal for the campaign.
"This is a remarkable achievement for St. John's," said Christopher Nelson, president of St. John's in Annapolis. "Gifts to this campaign will strengthen the college financially so that our distinctive academic program can flourish, now and well into the future."
The campaign allowed Annapolis to build two modern new dormitories, Spector and Gilliam halls, on the back campus. This means the college can now house up to 80 percent of its student body on campus. Mellon Hall, the college's main classroom and administrative building, was renovated and expanded. Students now have increased opportunities for Hodson Internships, and the Graduate Institute can offer generous scholarships for K-12 teachers who study in the summer session.
Unlike many fundraising campaigns for colleges and universities, St. John's capital campaign was not planned to allow the college to grow, but to enable it to remain small—a required element of the college's discussion-based educational program. The faculty-student ratio at St. John's is 8:1, one of the lowest among higher education institutions in the United States.