Since the campaign began in 2007, it has allowed the university to create about 130 new faculty positions, Hargis said. That puts the university in a better position to compete for talented professors with colleges and universities nationwide.
Money raised during the campaign has also gone to fund new buildings and other campus enhancements, Hargis said, including the new Price Family Garden, adjacent to the university's Atherton Hotel.
Although upgrading campus facilities doesn't necessarily contribute to the university's academic mission directly, new buildings like the performing arts center and the university's new Postal Plaza art gallery help advance the university because they help attract talented teachers and researchers.
“Facilities don't transform a place,” Hargis said. “What transforms it is the people.”