WHEREAS, Winthrop University is committed to its mandate, unique among South Carolina's public institutions of higher learning: to provide students with a "first-class" higher education, adding features and programs "as the progress of the times may require"; and

WHEREAS, Winthrop University is committed to meeting the needs of today's students and preparing the university and its transformational educational experience for the challenges and opportunities of the future; and

WHEREAS, Winthrop University seeks to ensure sustainable funding to build endowed, restricted and unrestricted gifts to provide profound, life-enhancing educational experiences for generations to come; and

WHEREAS, Winthrop University seeks to achieve three objectives that will increase awareness of, increase the number of people engaged with, and secure resources not only for Winthrop students, faculty and staff but also the alumni and friends who support the Winthrop Experience; and

WHEREAS, a comprehensive fundraising campaign will enable Winthrop University to make substantial and significant progress towards meeting those objectives; and

WHEREAS, a comprehensive capital fundraising campaign in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the founding of Winthrop in 1886 will be an appropriate milestone for celebrating the history and the future of the University; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University is to support and benefit Winthrop University;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the public phase of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop be undertaken for the benefit of Winthrop University; and

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that all gifts, pledges, and commitments in support of the campaign be recognized and counted toward the overall goal amount; and

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the overall financial goal amount for the campaign will be at least $50 million.

April 15, 2011