Vision to serve students


October 17, 2006

"Vision 2010 is about creating a university where students acquire the knowledge, character and training to change the world," said Vanguard University President Murray Dempster when he announced the launch of the university's historic capital and endowment campaign in the fall of 2000. "It is one of the most important initiatives in Vanguard's 86-year history; a major milestone as we journey toward our centennial celebration in 2020, when we hope to see our entire new campus master plan built out."

Vanguard University embarked on the $75-million campaign with the goal of becoming a leading Christian university by significantly expanding campus facilities, academic programs and the university endowment. This effort aims to transform future students' lives by offering the best education possible in an environment where character is developed and service is highly valued.

The Vision 2010 Capital & Endowment Campaign seeks to raise funds for three strategic goals:


  • Build out the campus by constructing four needed facilities: the Center for Music & the Performing Arts, the Townsend Academic Center for Science & Technology, the Student Services Center and an event center/gymnasium;

  • Strengthen programs, institutes, and centers to ensure academic programs meet the emerging interests of students and the challenges of a global society; and

  • Grow the endowment to provide funds for student scholarships, academic programs, and professorial chairs.

    "By investing in these areas, we will elevate Vanguard from an excellent regional liberal arts institution, which it has been for years, into a top-tier, world-class Christian university," Dempster said. "I am enthusiastic about the campaign."

    Dr. Doug Petersen was named executive director of Vision 2010 in the fall of 2004. He is an alumnus, faculty member and pioneer in missions with a passion to help young people. "We're close to being a Christian university that is truly one of the best. That is what drives me," Petersen said in characterizing his motivation in accepting the campaign's leadership.

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