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From the Senior Vice President

Jim Thompson

August 11, 2011

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each one of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
—Robert Kennedy

We’ve come to the end of another University fiscal year. I am so proud of the philanthropy of our generous donors and the collective efforts of this incredible University community. Together we are building an ability to see many of our ambitions become achievements. Increasingly the members of our community are becoming champions of Meliora, our shared drive to make our University and our world “ever better.”

As leaders of this University, it is our responsibility to lead by example. We must challenge ourselves to be the university we all aspire to be and that the world needs us to be. Meliora is calling.

This is an exciting time for the Rochester community. Tom Golisano has generously pledged $20 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. This gift will help us raise the funds to build a hospital that will advance the care of children in Western New York and throughout the world. Benevolence of this magnitude demonstrates our opportunity to write the history of this community together. With Tom’s support we can become an example for posterity.

Together, we are all the architects of this University, and it is our collective efforts that shape its future.


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer

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