Quincy University has surpassed its $1 million QU Fund goal, bringing in $1,027,740. The QU Fund is comprised of unrestricted giving and gifts for academic departments, student clubs and organizations and the athletic department. This year’s QU Fund co-chairs were Steve ’78 and Jean (Fruehe) ’79 Green.  The university announced the results at a celebration held on June 30, 2021.

“I am so grateful for the alumni and friends of this wonderful university, whose sacrificial gifts to the QU Fund make it possible for us to bring a Quincy University education to the next generation of students,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., QU president. “Each gift, especially in this extraordinarily difficult year, has helped a student in great financial need, or bought critical supplies for a laboratory, or aided in the renovation of a historic classroom, or purchased equipment needed to continue QU operations during a global pandemic.  Our amazing donors are one of the many reasons it’s always a great day to be a Hawk.”

When combined with restricted giving and support of capital projects, $5,195,270 was raised during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This year, 3,111 donors gave to the annual fund, the highest number of donors in the past five years.

Reaching the million-dollar mark for the eleventh year is remarkable given everything going on in the world with respect to COVID-19.

“I arrived at QU as the 2020-21 fiscal year was wrapping up and was immediately impressed at the generosity of the alumni, friends and businesses for their loyal support of this wonderful institution,” said Robert Wyatt, Ph.D., QU vice president of advancement.  “I’m inspired with the level of investment from QU donors and am excited about what we can do together in the future.”

As QU Fund chairs, the Greens continue their long tradition of QU support.  Steve and Jean met while attending QU. Steve is the controller for Phibro Animal Health Corporation. Jean retired from Quincy University after 39 years at the end of February 2019.  Jean worked in the business office and was associate vice president for finance/controller. They have been married for 40 years and together have four married sons and seven grandchildren. They are generous supporters of QU and have been for years.

“We would like to thank all the alumni and friends that contributed to this year’s Quincy University’s Annual Fund drive,” said Steve and Jean Green. “There were many new challenges and hardships that individuals endured this year, but even a pandemic cannot stop the generosity of QU supporters. We are truly grateful for all who continue to support QU!”

Each year the QU Fund raises money to support student scholarships, campus enhancements, technology upgrades and faculty development initiatives. The annual fund gifts are unrestricted, meaning they can be spent as they come in, making an immediate impact. Support of the QU Fund ensures that the mission and vision of Quincy University continue, providing students with an outstanding Catholic and Franciscan education.

In addition, the QU fund helps fuel QU’s Success by Design initiative which provides a customized plan for all students to graduate in a timely manner.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu. Quincy University. Success by Design.