In the largest fund-raising effort of its 101-year history, Goucher College is seeking to enter the next century with an additional $40 million in its endowment fund.
And, already, the money is pouring in.
Margot Perot, Class of 1955, and her billionaire husband, Ross, of Dallas, have pledged $1 million -- as have other graduates.
The college has received $30.5 million in new pledges, before it makes the announcement of its five-year initiative Friday.
"What we see is a strong vote of confidence in Goucher," said Mark W. Jones, the college's vice president for development. "It shows people have faith in us and where we're going, which is good news for not only the alumni, faculty and students, but the greater Baltimore community."
Marilyn Southard Warshawsky of Ruxton, Class of 1968, who is planning the campaign's kick-off gala Friday evening, agrees.
"The college is a wonderful resource for the whole area -- from the tiny tot programs to the different concerts," she said. "It is unique in that it is in a bucolic setting near a major center."
The 1,300-student college on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson is located only about a mile from the heart of the county seat's bustling business district.
But Goucher has another community connection -- outreach. Hundreds of Goucher students offer their services each semester to such causes as Habitat for Humanity, Parents Anonymous, Special Olympics and adolescent mentoring.
"Our commitment is to engage students and faculty in the life of Baltimore City and county in meaningful ways," said Goucher President Judy Jolley Mohraz. "Community service has tripled. We're seeing much more commitment."
Mohraz, who was named president of Goucher two years ago, says she has seen the effects of a Goucher education firsthand during a recent whirlwind tour of the country promoting the endowment campaign. There are 14,000 graduates living in 49 states.
"It's enabled me in a short time to become acquainted with eight decades of graduates," said the former Southern Methodist University administrator. "A Goucher education serves the graduates so well. I saw more graduates in their 70s and 80s with a life full of intellectual growth and outreach to the community."
Hundreds of graduates, students, faculty and business leaders will gather on campus Friday to launch the campaign that will support student scholarships, faculty salaries and resources, information technology and campus infrastructure.
The college's current endowment is valued at $93 million.
Those involved say now is the time to initiate the endeavor.
"Rhoda Dorsey [former Goucher president] brought the college through challenging and difficult times and positioned it for a move forward," Mohraz said. "And to make a move to a new level of excellence requires resources."
Added Bruce D. Alexander, chairman of Goucher's board of trustees: "The board is committed to realizing Goucher's potential as a select nationally ranked liberal arts college in the mid-Atlantic region."
Pub Date: 5/15/96