Pratt Meets Fund-Raising Goal

The Pratt School of Engineering closed out the past fiscal year June 30 by meeting its $170 million goal in The Campaign for Duke, which continues through Dec. 31, 2003.

“Our success brings us closer to our ambition of making the Pratt School a recognized leader in engineering teaching and research,” said Dean Kristina Johnson. But she said much work remains to be done.

“The campaign continues, and we still have to raise funds to complete CIEMAS (Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences), renovate Hudson Hall, support our faculty development and equipment needs and provide financial aid to our students. In addition, we need continued support for the Annual Fund.”

When the fund-raising effort began in 1996, the original goal for engineering was $50 million. When campaign goals were subsequently adjusted, engineering received the most significant increase in its goal (more than 300 percent), an amount that allowed for construction of the CIEMAS.

“This was a truly remarkable year in development,” Robert W. “Judge” Carr Jr., Pratt associate dean and director of development, said when the fund-raising goal was achieved last June. “The school received broad-based support from its alumni, friends and faculty, and an unprecedented number of major gift commitments ($25,000 and higher) in what everyone determined to be a down year, economically. I attribute this great support to the fact that there a distinct air of real optimism at the school, and in our alumni and friends, that the Pratt School of Engineering is at a threshold of greatness.”