QUINCY — Quincy University announced the launch of a $25 million comprehensive campaign titled “Forever Forward” at a private gala reception on October 24 in QU’s Health and Fitness Center. To date, more than $15 million has already been raised. The comprehensive campaign is the first of its kind in university history.
QU Announces $25 Million Campaign After Recent Resurgence
“The University has experienced a resurgence in recent years on many fronts, thanks to the support of so many faculty, staff, alumni and friends who are committed to our mission,” Quincy University President Robert Gervasi says. “This campaign expresses our collective determination to ensure that our positive trajectory will continue and even accelerate. We will continue to attract and educate tomorrow’s leaders, inspired by Franciscan values, and so the campaign theme, Forever Forward, is a fitting expression of that commitment.”
The projects outlined in the campaign are designed to help the university deliver a cutting edge education in a vibrant and engaging campus environment. Quincy University will continue its tradition of providing a liberal arts-rooted education but the environment in which this education is delivered is changing. The university is modernizing and/or restoring learning environments and facilities throughout campus. Proposed improvements will allow Quincy University to more easily recruit and retain students by creating an environment that is both inviting and convenient for the student body.
The lead projects include:
- Student Union
- Science Center
- QU Stadium
- Brenner Library
- University Chapel
- Music and Communication
Serving as honorary chairperson for the campaign is acclaimed stage and screen actor and 1966 Quincy College alumnus, John Mahoney.
“We need to do everything we can to keep such a fantastic organization going. Quincy University is beneficial to everybody; to students, to teachers, and to the community,” Mahoney says. “I think this campaign and these projects are something that we need.”
Alumni Bill Metzinger ’74 and Dr. Linda Moore ’81, both of Quincy, will serve as co-chairs of the campaign. Metzinger is the Chief Financial Officer of DOT Foods in Mt. Sterling, Illinois and Moore is the Senior Director of Business Operations for ESPN Inc. Additional members of the leadership team include Harold Knapheide III (Business Chair), Jerry Murphy ’70 (Chicago Regional Chair), Tom Pollihan ’72 (St. Louis Regional Chair), Dennis Galligani ’66 (California Regional Chair) as well as Quincy University President Dr. Robert Gervasi and members of Quincy University’s Advancement team.
“Quincy University is a tremendous asset to the Quincy community. QU continues to produce strong, intelligent, and capable alumni who strengthen our local businesses and foundations. We have several QU alumni here at Knapheide who have helped us carry on our tradition of excellence over the years,” Knapheide says. “A strong and vibrant Quincy University is instrumental in providing our community and region with the leaders of tomorrow. Our town would not be the same without Quincy University. And I am honored to be able to help them in their latest endeavor.”
For more information on Quincy University’s “Forever Forward” campaign, visit quff.quincy.edu or contact QU’s Office of Advancement at 217-228-5227 or firstname.lastname@example.org