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College of Arts and Architecture celebrates success in ‘Greater Penn State’ campaign

The College of Arts and Architecture has raised $90,874,485 and helped the University to achieve record-breaking success in its recently concluded campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.”

June 30 marked the end of both the most successful campaign and the most successful fundraising year in the institution’s history. The College of Arts and Architecture total represents achievement of the college’s goal and a transformative investment by 10,125 alumni, friends, corporate partners and others in its mission to advance the arts at Penn State.

B. Stephen Carpenter II, the Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Dean in the College of Arts and Architecture, said that the campaign demonstrated the power of the collective in support of the present and future of the college, and the generosity of the donors will be felt “for years to come.”

“The ‘Greater Penn State’ campaign was a stunning success across the University, and within the College of Arts & Architecture, we exceeded our campaign goal,” Carpenter said. “I applaud all of our donors who contributed to this achievement, and I am grateful for their generous sense of philanthropy. I also commend our development team for their unyielding focus and dedication.”

The campaign, which began in 2016, was focused on the three key imperatives of a 21st-century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The generosity of the donors, Carpenter said, will enable the college to provide scholarships and learning experiences; conduct impactful performances, programs and events; and take on new research and creative practice opportunities.

“Regardless of the size of the gift, the support is most appreciated and will have a positive influence on our students, college community and our alumni,” Carpenter said. “On behalf of the College of Arts and Architecture, thank you.”

With the record-breaking success of “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” which raised $2.2 billion from 2016 to 2022, philanthropy is helping to sustain the University’s tradition of education, research and service to communities across the Commonwealth and around the globe. Scholarships enable our institution to open doors and welcome students from every background, support for transformative experiences allows our students and faculty to fulfill their vast potential for leadership, and gifts toward discovery and excellence help us to serve and impact the world we share. To learn more about the impact of giving and the continuing need for support, please visit