Roanoke College leaders on Saturday evening, announced a $25 million pledge for the "Roanoke Rising" fundraising campaign.
The private college in Salem announced a fundraising goal of $200 million, and says it had already met half of its goal prior to the $25 million pledge.
The large gift comes from the Mulheren family. Roanoke College alumnus Nancy Mulheren was a member of the class of 1972. The pledge is the largest gift ever given to the school.
"I have no doubt that Roanoke is among the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation," said Mulheren, according to a news release. "I believe in Roanoke. Roanoke College has always been deep in our hearts and my family wants to do all that we can to make a difference. In honor of my family's life changing experiences at Roanoke and in support of generations of young Maroons to come, I am pleased to share our gift of $25,000,000."
Mulheren also serves on Roanoke College's Board of Trustees.
"The world needs people and institutions who out-think, out-perform and out-do the expected," said College President Michael Maxey in the release. "And Roanoke graduates embody this idea. This gift is a tremendous testament to the way Roanoke alumni go on to make an impact on the world and to aspire beyond ‘business as usual.'"
The school says its fundraising campaign will focus on five priorities:
"This campaign will have a transformational impact on Roanoke College," noted Connie Carmack, Vice President for Resource Development, in the release. "To be able to launch our campaign with a gift of this magnitude is exceptional. The generosity and loyalty of Roanoke alumni is remarkable. We are positioned for unprecedented success."
"What excites me most about this campaign is that it fuels the basic human transaction that happens on campus between professor and student, between coach and athlete, between mentor and protégé," said Roanoke College President Michael Maxey. "Roanoke Rising is about enhancing our unique environment for making these connections happen in ways that answer the needs of today's and tomorrow's students."