Law achieves 173 percent of goal
Students, faculty & programs will benefit from UF Campaign
Just as quickly as University of Florida Foundation staff could tally a flurry of year-end gifts, a large banner was raised on Century Tower Jan. 10, proudly displaying the “It’s Performance That Counts” Campaign total of $850 million-plus. The Foundation officially closed campaign books Dec. 31, after five years of generous and unprecedented support for colleges and units campuswide from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff and students. The $850 million total far surpassed the original $500 million goal, as well as the revised goal of $750 million, set after UF passed the first mark earlier in the campaign. For the Levin College of Law, the campaign generated $47.8 million, or 173.9 percent of the original goal of $27.5 million. Including matching state funds, more than $40 million was raised for endowments that will support faculty chairs, professorships, scholarships, and academic programs — such as Intellectual Property, Graduate Tax, International Law, Dispute Resolution, Race Relations, and Environmental and Land Use Law. Nearly $3 million is earmarked for funding construction of a new Student-Faculty Center. And more than $2 million in unrestricted support over five years will support student and faculty programs and activities. “The impact of this campaign on our college is and will be phenomenal as we continue to benefit from the many endowed funds that will support us into the future,” said Interim Dean Jon Mills. “Already, it has had enormous impact on the overall perception of our school and our ability to hire and reward outstanding faculty.” The campaign resulted in the law school now having the sixth largest private endowment among public U.S. law schools — approximately $64 million (endowments are funds that are invested to yield spendable income in perpetuity to support specific purposes). “Our alumni, friends and many law firms invested in our performance and make it possible for this law school to provide the finest quality legal education at an affordable price,” Mills continued.“We especially thank our Campaign Chairman Warren Cason, our Law Center Association Board of Trustees, and many volunteers and contributors who ensured the campaign’s success. We now must work to complete fund raising for our new building and renovated facilities to house the outstanding people and programs supported by this campaign.” For students, unrestricted annual funds generated by the campaign support financial aid, travel to competitions around the state and nation, and organizations that coordinate numerous activities, speakers and publications. For faculty, campaign gifts sponsor travel to leading institutes and conferences around the nation and world, research support for hundreds of books and articles, and the opportunity to initiate or expand academic programs, centers and institutes.