2016 Issue 2

A $482-MILLION FINALE

It’s likely that very few college fund-raising campaigns began at a more inauspicious time than Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign. The opening bell had barely sounded when financial markets collapsed in the Great Recession, and it was far from clear that Wesleyan’s donors would have the wherewithal to support the campaign’s ambitious goal of $400…

AN APPETITE FOR RISK AND AMBIGUITY

Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, ’09, Wesleyan’s chair of the Board emeritus, has encouraged trustees to look far down the road, not just over the hood. JOSHUA BOGER ’73 often talks about a principle that infused the culture at Merck, where he began his career as a scientist. Company founder George Merck, speaking in 1950, said…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

As I write this in the first days of July, I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the extended Wesleyan family during the course of our THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign. When we started discussing a fundraising campaign in 2008, the financial world was teetering on collapse, and the economy in the next few…