Launch of The Call to Lead: A Campaign for Dartmouth

To all students, faculty, and staff,

This evening, Dartmouth is announcing a fundraising campaign that will benefit every student, faculty member, and staff member, and will fuel research to improve lives around the world.

The Call to Lead gets to the very core of our purpose: to offer students a life-changing model of education where they learn from leading scholars, to support faculty who are conducting research that expands human knowledge, and to immerse our students in a vibrant environment that develops their mind and character and prepares them to be tomorrow's leaders.

This is the most ambitious campaign in our history, with a $3 billion goal. I am pleased to report that through the generosity of more than 78,000 alumni, parents, and friends, we're more than halfway toward that target.

This is an immense point of pride for all of us in the Dartmouth community: we appreciate the confidence of those who have stepped forward with gifts small and large to realize this vision. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

The Call to Lead runs through 2022, and what we're going to achieve in these next four years is nothing less than remarkable. Our shared vision includes:

  • Advancing Dartmouth as the leading institution for scholars who love to teach, and expanding opportunities for students to partner with faculty in research;
  • Ensuring need-blind admissions for all students, including international students, and eliminating the need for loans in the College's financial aid packages;
  • Investing in areas of research where Dartmouth can accelerate the pace of discovery, such as the intersection of energy and society, the study of the Arctic, and the development of cancer treatments;
  • Creating a four-year leadership program for all undergraduates, with an emphasis on hands-on learning--the only comprehensive program among our peers;
  • Pioneering two dynamic districts for collaboration and creation: in the West End of campus, an innovative means of delivering computer science and engineering in a seamless manner, and transforming the west end of campus into a hotbed of innovation, entrepreneurship, business, and design; and a redeveloped arts district poised for creative work and hands-on learning through expansions of the Hood Museum of Art and the improvements to the Hopkins Center for the Arts;
  • Building new residence halls to provide 350 beds and vital, year-round programming for the six House Communities.

The Call to Lead is for all of Dartmouth: our undergraduate programs, Tuck, Thayer, Geisel, and our graduate school--which as of today has a new name. In recognition of a landmark gift to Dartmouth and more than 70 years of public service, the Board of Trustees has named the school in honor of Frank Guarini '46, a former congressman and U.S. Representative to the United Nations. The school is now officially the Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

There is much, much more to this campaign, which will touch every corner of campus. I encourage you to visit The Call to Lead website to explore our ambitions.

We've set our sights high with The Call to Lead. But we wouldn't have embarked on this journey unless we believed we have strong support across the Dartmouth community--and we do. Please join us in this historic endeavor.

Warm regards,

Phil Hanlon '77