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Campaign for Marist Aims
for New Goal of $150 Million
ith his gener-
ous $75 million
g i f t , the l argest in
Marist College history,
Raymond A. Rich creat-
ed an enduring legacy
even greater than the
leadership institute it
establishes (see Pages 4
through 13 for more on
Ray Rich and his gift).
Indeed, the importance
of this gift to the College extends far beyond
the grounds of the Esopus estate that will house
the institute to touch the entire Marist commu-
nity through the tremendous boost it provides
the Campaign for Marist.
Thanks to gifts large and small from alumni,
friends, parents, faculty, and staff, Marist’s frst
capital campaign was already enjoying great
progress toward its initial $75 million goal
when Ray Rich’s gift was announced last fall
and the campaign’s goal consequently doubled
to $150 million. Since then, it’s become clear
that the gift’s worth to the campaign, and thus
to the College, is far greater than its dollar value.
It has attracted much-deserved attention to
Marist and inspired broader support for the
campaign to the point where we are now 90
percent toward our new goal.
As impressive as these numbers are, I
have been struck throughout this campaign
with how everyone involved in it has kept
sight of the overarching purpose behind the
numbers, which is to continue to build Marist
into a world-class institution that gives talent-
ed students of all backgrounds and
means access to a life-changing educa-
tion. Progress toward this goal can be
seen all over campus, from the Hancock
Center, which is rising at an impressive
clip on a bluff overlooking the Hudson
River, to the bright, accomplished frst-
year students whose places in the Class
of 2013 were made possible by new schol-
arship endowments established under the
With the goal in sight, it is of course
essential that we continue to work as hard to
raise the fnal 10 percent of gifts as we did the
frst 10. Besides, as Marist students continu-
ally demonstrate in the classroom and on the
athletic feld, goals are made not just to be met,
but to be exceeded.
Finally, I invite you to visit the Campaign
for Marist page at
capitalcampaign.html for the latest news and
information on the progress of the campaign.
Tim Brier ’69, Campaign Chair
iplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
named Marist one of the “50 Best Buys”
in private college education in the U.S. for the
fourth consecutive year.
Marist was the only New York college
to make the list. Three universities in the
Empire State were also named: Columbia,
Cornell, and Rochester. Also making the
cut with Marist were schools such as Brown,
Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard,
Penn, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Yale, the
California Institute of Technology, and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
selected 50 best values among
private universities and another 50 among
liberal arts colleges across the country. Marist
was named to the frst list because it offers a
comprehensive education at both the under-
graduate and graduate levels. Criteria focused
on two areas, academic quality and afford-
ability, with quality accounting for two-thirds
of the total.
ranking, which appeared
in the December 2009 edition of the popular
economics and money management publi-
cation, follows a series of national rating
distinctions for Marist. For the 16th year
in a row, Marist was ranked in the top tier
of colleges and universities in the northern
United States by the
U.S. News &World Report
America’s Best Colleges
guide. For the second
consecutive year,
U. S. News
also identifed
Marist as one of the colleges and universities
that are “leading the pack in improvements
and innovative changes.”
In the latest edition
of the
U.S. News
guide, Marist was ranked
15th out of 172 colleges
and universities in the
northern United States
that offer a full range
of underg r aduat e
and master’s degree
U.S. News
also named Marist
one of 77 “schools to
watch” nationwide.
“ T h e s e 7 7
colleges and universi-
ties were singled out as schools that
have recently made the most promising and
innovative changes in academics, faculty,
students, campus, or facilities,” the maga-
zine noted.
The Princeton Review’s most recent
ratings named Marist one of the “371 best
colleges” in America and named Marist’s
School of Management one of the “top 301
business schools” in the U.S. Another fnan-
cial publication,
, lists Marist as one
of the “best buys in college education.”
Kiplinger’s Again Names Marist a “Best Buy”
Hancock Center Takes Shape
The Hancock Center is under way. The $35 million
academic building, on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, will include classrooms, seminar
rooms, computer labs, an executive presentation center, the Marist Institute for Public
Opinion, and faculty offices. The center alsowill support small-business incubation, provid-
ing resources for local entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, and small-business owners. The
buildingwill feature a café, student lounge, and outdoor patio. Formore photos, visit www.
The Campaign for Marist
Campaign Update
Tim Brier ‘69