FAS Raises 40 Percent of Goal

$386.2M Said to Be on Schedule

As of July 20, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) has raised $386.2 million for the University Campaign, an increase of about $16 million over the total announced in June.

"I am delighted that such a splendid sum has been raised for the FAS," Dean of the Faculty Jeremy R. Knowles said in a written statement yesterday. "The number exceeds--already--the total for the campaign of the late '70s and early '80s."

Robert L. Franklin, the major gifts development officer in the University Development Office, said the amount raised puts FAS "on schedule."

FAS has now raised 40 percent of its $965 million goal for the $2.1 billion campaign.

As of early June, the University Campaign was 43 percent of the way toward its goal. The campaign kicked off in May 1994, but the University had raised about a third of the $2.1 billion before the fund drive officially began.


Despite the campaign's early success, University officials from President Neil L. Rudenstine on down have warned that the toughest part is yet to come.

"[T]he next phase will be more challenging," Knowles said in the statement. "[It] will require even greater efforts from everyone--the Dean, the staff, the faculty and the students--in the coming year or two."

Knowles mentioned a concert for alumni and friends in Los Angeles given by student musicians, "Harvard PlaysL.A.," as an example of how students could assistin the effort.

Some concern has been expressed that FASremains behind Harvard's other schools in thecampaign, Late in the academic year, Knowlesreleased a letter to the faculty which suggestedthat FAS contributions were lagging.

Indeed, FAS has received a smaller share of itsgoal than any of Harvard's other eight faculties.

As Harvard's largest faculty, Arts, andSciences is charged with raising almost half ofthe money for the campaign, the most ambitious inthe history of higher education.

Officials from the Development Office and fromseveral of Harvard's other schools did not returnrepeated calls seeking comment for this story