The University of Pittsburgh "Building Our Future Together" campaign is ending with a total $2.135 billion raised, school officials said today in releasing the final tally.
The campaign began quietly in 1998 with an initial goal of $500 million. That target was later doubled to $1 billion, and then it was doubled again to $2 billion, with Pitt announcing that sum had been reached as of last fall.
The impact of the campaign that attracted 188,000 donors and 293 gifts of $1 million or more is already being felt across the 35,000-student university in areas from research and teaching to campus building and beautification projects as well as hundreds of new endowed scholarships and fellowships.
Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, addressing a meeting of Pitt's board of trustees today, told members that as impressive as the dollar sum is, it "is less important than what we do with that money."
Also today, Pitt's board approved a document outlining the qualities that Pitt will seek in the successor to Mr. Nordenberg, who in June announced he would resign his position in August 2014 after a nearly two-decade tenure.
Bill Schackner: email@example.com, 412-263-1977 or on Twitter @BschacknerPG. First Published October 17, 2013 8:45 PM