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UT Surpasses $80 Million Campaign Goal

Published: August 23, 2004

The University of Tampa’s first comprehensive capital campaign in its 73-year history has surpassed its $80-million goal, co-chairs Alfred and Beverly Austin announced Thursday.


A $28-million gift from business leader John H. Sykes and his wife, Susan, provided the impetus for the Take UT to the Top campaign, which was announced to the public in January 2000. John and Susan Sykes also had made a $10-million gift in 1997.


“The campaign has been a tremendous success,” Al Austin said, “and Beverly and I are happy to have served as co-chairs, but you can never stop growing and building in today’s environment. We know the University will continue building on this success.”


To date, the campaign has raised $82,003,769.


Projects funded by the campaign include the John H. Sykes College of Business building, completed in 2000 with $7.5 million of the initial $10-million gift from John and Susan Sykes. That gift included $1.5 million for construction of the Sykes Chapel and Intercultural Center, and funded a $1-million endowment of the Center for Ethics.


Renovation and expansion of the Macdonald-Kelce Library, construction of Poe Parkway, the new entryway, and the Vaughn Center — a student center, residence hall and conference center — followed in quick succession.


The R.K. Bailey Art Studios, portions of which opened in January, will be completed and fully opened this fall. A public dedication of the new facility, which includes the new Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2.


Renovation of academic areas in Plant Hall, the University’s 113-year-old registered National Historic Landmark building that once housed the entire University, continues, as does renovation of the Cass Building for science and communication programs. Additional projects either planned or completed with campaign funds include a communication production studio, a new interactive language lab, instrumentation for the music program, upgrades for criminology’s forensics lab and psychology’s behavioral lab, a high-tech nursing lab and more.


“In order to continue to be recognized as a leading independent, medium-sized University, we must always strive for excellence in our educational quality,” said UT President Ronald L. Vaughn. “To do this, we must continue to increase the University’s endowment, and expand classroom space, technology, programs and facilities to meet the demands of our growing student body and faculty. We have surpassed our goal, but we are not finished.

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