The Becker Fund

Annual gifts provide a unique opportunity for alumni, parents, and friends to ensure the continued success of Becker College. Annual gifts support new programs, institutional initiatives, scholarships, and ongoing facility improvements.

Your annual gift through The Becker Fund will help advance the Becker College experience, enabling deserving students to learn from superior faculty in a dynamic educational environment.

A Letter from the President:  2011 Annual Donor Report

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends:

The 2011-2012 academic year opened with an exciting convocation for new and returning students on August 30. In September, I was honored, humbled, and extremely proud to witness Becker College reintroduced to the community during the week of presidential events.

More than an inauguration, it was a celebration of the many accomplishments of the past year, and an affirmation of Becker College’s place as a leading baccalaureate institution.

Many of our accomplishments over the past year warrant celebration:

  • We introduced, as cornerstones of a Becker education, the three pillars of global citizenship: academic excellence, social responsibility, and creative expression.
  • We forged new and strengthened existing relationships with businesses and organizations, government, and other institutions.
  • In April, Becker was chosen by the Commonwealth as home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a statewide center to facilitate collaboration, cooperation, and innovation among the digital games industry, the public sector, and academia. MassDiGI will help to position Massachusetts as a global leader in the digital games industry by 2020 – resulting in job growth and economic development. MassDiGI was recently designated a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center.
  • We purchased property at 80 William Street in Worcester, which will house MassDiGI, digital games classroom and lab space, and increase function and meeting space for the College.
  • Construction on the new $9 million, 36,000-square-foot Leicester Campus Center began in May. Completion is slated for August 2012.
  • We received a grant from the Allerton Foundation to establish our first endowed chair, which will transform Becker into a national leader in undergraduate animal health education. In October, our excellent and dedicated veterinary technology faculty and students partnered with the Massachusetts Veterinary Technicians Association to draw experts and professional vet techs to campus for two continuing education conferences.
  • Our success in the media has improved awareness and raised institutional stature. More than 450 print, online, and broadcast articles appeared or aired in regional, national, and international media outlets, including the Associated Press, The Huffington Post, and USA Today.

For the more than 1,100 Becker community members who supported us through their gifts this year, I thank you. We could not have achieved all of these accomplishments, and more, without your help and support.

For those of you who have not given recently, I respectfully ask that you consider making a gift.  I can assure you that the resources your gift makes possible will make a meaningful difference in a student’s life.

It is an exciting time to be at Becker. I am committed to our vision and excited about where it will take us, with your help.

Sincerely,

Signature of President Johnson
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
President

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