Becker College Announces Plans to Raise $7.5 million

Published on Monday, October 22nd, 2007

President Ken Zirkle and the Becker College Board of Trustees announced the launch of a $7.5 million capital campaign at a gathering of major donors on Friday, October 19. Zirkle went on to report that more than $3.1 million had already been pledged. All current members of the board are participating along with Gilbert R. Boutin, trustee chairman emeritus and 1939 graduate, who is making a special lead gift commitment.

“This generous head start should serve as a catalyst to energize alumni to increase their support and recognize Becker as an institution worthy of investment,” said Arthur DiGeronimo, trustee and chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Not since 1994 has Becker engaged in a capital campaign, and the new funds are earmarked for the construction of a wellness center and upgrades to the Borger Academic Center, both in Leicester, as well as investment in the college’s endowment.

We are exceptionally pleased with the progress to date and look forward to successfully raising the remaining $4.4 million from alumni and friends by the campaign’s deadline of Commencement 2009,” said Zirkle.

Becker trustee and Southwest Airlines president Colleen Barrett and Massachusetts lieutenant governor Timothy Murray were also in attendance at the annual Becker-Crafts Society reception. The society, named in honor of the two founders of Becker College, E.C.A. Becker and Colonel Ebenezar Crafts, is comprised of individuals and businesses who have given leadership level philanthropic support to Becker College, funding the construction of new buildings, scholarships and the creation of new academic programs.

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