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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Transformative – Campaign for Global Change

From the President's Desk

October 18, 2017

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Transformative – Campaign for Global Change

To the wonderful community of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:        

On October 13, 2017, we officially launched our $1 billion Transformative: Campaign for Global Change! This campaign will lead us to the 200th anniversary of our founding and will position Rensselaer for its third century of leadership in education and research. We are off to a great start, having raised more than $400 million toward this goal through the support of alumni/ae, friends, corporations, and foundations during the quiet phase of the campaign.

Rensselaer is building upon an almost 200-year history of world-changing innovation and nearly two decades of transformative success. We are, in fact, preparing Rensselaer to continue educating the most inventive young people on Earth, well into its third century. We are confident about our future, because Rensselaer is thriving. Our student body has never been larger or more talented. Our faculty has never been more productive or more collaborative. Our campus has never had a greater capacity for world-class research. As a result, our reach has never been broader or our reputation more powerful.

Rensselaer has been transformed. Now, to be truly transformative, we will raise the resources to support three areas of focus:

  1. Bridging the Gap: Increasing student financial aid: To close the gap between student financial need and what we can provide;
  2. Faculty 500: Creating endowed professorships to attract and retain top faculty talent, and expanding our tenured and tenure-track faculty to 500 in crucial areas of research and education; and
  3. Building Our Third-Century Campus: Expanding, modernizing, and equipping the campus for its third century.

As we consider the world around us, the stakes are high. The opportunities are clear. The urgency is daunting. It is within your power to set in motion transformative change—not merely in your own careers and lives—but on a larger scale, by joining with Rensselaer to ensure that the most inventive, ingenious, and dedicated young men and women on Earth emanate from our classrooms, laboratories, and makerspaces for generations to come.

I personally thank everyone who has supported Rensselaer and the Transformative: Campaign for Global Change.  Together, we amplify our efforts to improve the world. Together, we set off a cascade of virtuous effects and positive change that will have impacts around the globe. Together, we are transformative.