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Cornell campaign surpasses $3 billion mark

Cornell has reached the $3 billion mark in its university fundraising campaign. Campaign co-chairs Jan Rock Zubrow '77 and Stephen Ashley '62, MBA '64, announced the milestone Nov. 18 at "Cornell on the Charles," an event attended by hundreds of Boston-area Cornellians. The record-breaking amount has been raised by only a handful of other universities.

Celebrating with Zubrow and Ashley (foreground) are, from left, President David Skorton, Cornell Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Meinig and Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Charles Phlegar. Bob Appel '53, chair of Weill Cornell Medical College's "Discoveries" campaign, was unable to be at the event. At the ceremonial groundbreaking for Weill Cornell's new Medical Research Building last May, it was announced that the college had hit the $1 billion mark toward its $1.3 billion portion of the larger campaign.

Since launching the $4 billion campaign in 2006, Cornell has significantly increased its financial aid program for students as part of its commitment to need-blind admissions, established new professorships throughout its colleges and units, created funds to assist the graduate and professional schools, and raised support for new medical institutes and professorships at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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