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By Lacey Gardner

Alfred State Gains $9.2 Million from Major Gifts Campaign


Alan Hunt with his wife Mary Ellen

ALFRED, NY, November 2, 2021 – At the 27th annual President’s Society Dinner, Alfred State College (ASC) celebrated the amazing generosity of alumni and friends who exceeded the Major Gifts Campaign goal. The campaign has raised $9.2 million to benefit future generations of Pioneers.

In June of 2018, the Major Gifts Campaign started with a goal of raising $8 million in five key areas; scholarships, programs, technology, athletics, and unrestricted.

Major Gifts Officer Jay Wilder highlighted numerous ways individuals, foundations, and corporations have supported the effort. He specifically spoke about the campaign to renovate the Doc Bruce Construction Material Laboratory started by 1977 graduates Gary Hill and Jimmy Smith. He reported that the campaign is approaching $400,000 in pledges with a goal of $500,000.

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Danielle White raised a glass and toasted the efforts of the campaign. “We want to thank and recognize all the donors for helping us to achieve this incredible goal. We are proud and grateful. The impact of these gifts are astounding.”

At the dinner, Officer in Charge John Anderson also presented alumnus Alan Hunt with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters that was conferred to him during the 2021 virtual commencement ceremony. Hunt, the executive vice president of construction at Armada Hoffler, has been involved in projects from New Jersey to Georgia, including the management of building projects in excess of a billion dollars in the Inner Harbor East of Baltimore. In addition to building structures, Hunt has helped build futures for Alfred State students with the establishment of an endowment to help building trades, automotive trades, and heavy equipment students at the Wellsville campus to further their education. Hunt graduated from ASC in 1979 with a degree in computer information systems.

The President’s Society is a dedicated group of alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, and foundations who support the college through contributions of $1,000 or more annually to the Alfred State College Development Fund, Inc. Each fall, the college holds a recognition dinner in honor of President’s Society members.

An Alfred State degree gets results!

At Alfred State College, hands-on experience leads to career success. An emphasis on real-world training enables students to reach goals and develop the skills needed to thrive at in-demand jobs. With 80 majors, 100 clubs and civic groups, and 17 NCAA Division III sports, Alfred State prepares students to become leaders, achievers, and Pioneers who are ready to Hit the Ground Running …

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