The arrival of 2006 brings us to
the beginning of an exciting time at the University of Maine. I am
buoyed by the enthusiasm that permeates our campus community, and by the
great support I sense from people around Maine and beyond, so many of
whom tell me that they share in our optimism and believe that UMaine is
on the right track.
The Board of Trustees recently granted formal approval for our
fundraising campaign, which begins in earnest this month. We've spent
months planning this effort, and I am convinced that we will reach our
$150 million goal. While the private fundraising is critical, those of
us who care about UMaine must also work together to make the case that
this university is worthy of a greater public investment.
Base state funding, targeted R&D money and bonds are all part of the
formula needed to help us advance in critical areas, making UMaine an
even greater educational, economic and cultural force in Maine.
As we have seen in many other states, the greatest progress comes when
private fundraising campaigns and increased public support coincide,
hastening advancement and drawing energy each from the other. Potential
donors tell us they are ready to hear how they might help, and we
believe that we can make a compelling case for increased state funding.
We were particularly gratified when Maine voters spoke loudly in
November about their support for UMaine, approving the two bond
proposals that included money to support UMaine activities and
initiatives, totaling $3.85 million.
UMaine is, and will continue to be, a great investment. We have bold
plans and big ideas, intended to transform UMaine and help the state
ensure a brighter future.
Visionaries have never been in short supply at UMaine. I was reminded of
this a few months ago when the Laboratory for Surface Science and
Technology (LASST) celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 1980, the
founders certainly had high hopes, but they never could have anticipated
the educational, scientific and economic force LASST would become.
Today, so many in our community have the same kinds of ideas and
initiatives. In 25 years, with a successful fundraising campaign and the
continued statewide public support, our successors will admire that
vision in the same way we regard the foresight of those who founded
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