From the President

The launch of distinctlyDrake provides an unprecedented opportunity to move the University toward its future.

This is a moment in Drake’s history that provides an unprecedented opportunity to move the University toward its future.

On October 1, we announced the launch of distinctlyDrake, an appropriately ambitious fundraising campaign focused on achieving our vision of the University’s future. distinctlyDrake is driven primarily by a collective vision for the University — an aspirational and exciting picture of what Drake must be in the coming years in order to continue to fulfill the promise of our mission; manage the challenges ahead; remain vital, vibrant and resilient; and lead the way for higher education as a model for the very best.

It is a vision of a University with a strong focus on the integration of the best of liberal arts and sciences education with professional preparation, connecting the world of the classroom and laboratory with the world of practice. It is a vision of a University that emphasizes the importance of the personal and professional development of our students. It is a vision that recognizes that our students must be engaged global citizens who are prepared to move comfortably and effectively among many diverse cultures in both their personal and professional lives.

Through this vision and the University’s Strategic Plan, we have identified the steps that we must take to make what we have outlined a reality. But it will take significant additional resources to make it all happen. In the coming weeks, information will be available that details the specific priorities of the campaign, including endowment for faculty positions, student scholarships and interdisciplinary academic centers, as well as capital projects that are essential to the exceptional learning environment promised by our mission statement.

Ultimately, distinctlyDrake is an affair of the heart more than the mind. In our years at Drake, it has become clear to Maddy and me that our alumni and friends are passionate in their various connections to the Drake experience, grateful for the opportunities that it provides and thankful for the ways in which it shapes lives. I invite you to indulge that passion as you respond to my request for your support and collaboration and do all that you possibly can to make dreams
come true for generations of students to come.

Dr. David E. Maxwell, President

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