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From the Senior Vice President

Jim Thompson

April 2012

The Meliora Challenge is centered around five critical objectives that will enable us to make the world ever better: support for students, faculty, priority strategic programs, facilities, and the Annual Fund. I am proud to report that our progress in each of these areas is either on track or currently ahead of plan, and we have reached another important milestone of the Campaign. We have recently exceeded two thirds of our $1.2 billion goal by surpassing $800 million. It is the strength of our initiatives and the enduring nature of your leadership support that gives me confidence in our ability to continue this great momentum.

This issue of Fast Forward showcases diverse giving across our University and our five key objectives. Your support is changing and improving lives by honoring faculty and the great work they do, funding vital scholarships, expanding educational opportunities, enabling research, and building a new Children’s Hospital. We have embarked on a challenge of exceptional importance and impact. Because of your leadership, dedication, and commitment, we are on track to meet our goals and define the future of the University of Rochester. Much remains to be done, but together we will do it!



James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer

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