Celebrating Milestones

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In 2010, the University of San Diego launched the silent phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD with an ambitious goal of $300 million, the largest campaign in the university’s history. Thanks to thousands of donors, the quest to gather the resources needed to turn good intentions into good deeds has been achieved. The generosity of alumni, students, faculty, staff, families, corporations, foundations and friends has propelled our high ideals toward reality.

Please join us in marveling about how far we’ve come, even as we continue to envision our collective future through the university’s new strategic plan, Envisioning 2024.

PASEO DE COLACHIS, USD’s new student-friendly pedestrian mall was the result of a multi-million-dollar gift from Kathryn and James Colachis.

THE FRANCES G. HARPST CENTER FOR CATHOLIC THOUGHT AND CULTURE was renamed in 2011 as a result of a generous bequest from Frances G. Harpst.

THE SHILEY-MARCOS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING was established in 2012 due to the philanthropy of longtime USD benefactor Darlene Marcos Shiley.

THE KAREN AND TOM MULVANEY CENTER FOR COMMUNITY, AWARENESS AND SOCIAL ACTION was renamed in 2015 to mark the generosity of Karen and Tom Mulvaney ’77.

FOWLER PARK/CUNNINGHAM FIELD a $13.8 million facility that seats as many as 3,000 opened in 2013, thanks to a transformative lead gift from Ron and Alexis Fowler.

THE BETTY AND BOB BEYSTER INSTITUTE FOR NURSING RESEARCH, ADVANCED PRACTICE, AND SIMULATION opened in 2016, made possible by a gift from Betty Beyster and her late husband, Robert.

THE HUMANITIES CENTER was established in 2016 thanks to a leadership gift from USD parent Carol Vassiliadis ‘08. The center is dedicated to the exploration of the human condition and the limitless ways in which human beings understand and interact with our world.

THE JACOBS INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION IN EDUCATION, a research center housed at SOLES that was named to honor founding donors Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs, opened in 2017.

THE BELANICH ENGINEERING CENTER is under construction, thanks to the generosity of John and Raffaella ’61 (BA), ’77 (MA) Belanich.

A NEW SCHOOL OF BUSINESS COMPLEX is in the works thanks to generous gifts from Board Chair Don Knauss and his wife, Ellie, and Trustee Kim Busch and her husband, Andy.

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