The private Bradley University is declaring victory in a just-concluded fund-raising campaign. The Peoria school, with about 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, has raised more than $161 million in its “Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance.” The goal was $150 million.
The money is helping to build some new athletic facilities, a parking garage, and an alumni center, among other capital projects. It has also created 79 new scholarships, says Pat Vickerman, the university’s vice president for advancement. “What truly makes this a special place,” says Vickerman of the alumni center, “is the Shaheen Hall of Pride. It celebrates the history of Bradley University, (and) our traditions, (and it) captures the Bradley experience by the decades.” Vickerman says being a private university, the only ways Bradley can raise money are through tuition and donations.