History of Financial Support

Arcadia University, formerly Beaver College until 2001, was founded in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1853. The College remained in the far western part of the state until the mid-1920s when it relocated to Glenside, Pennsylvania, after a devastating fire virtually destroyed the campus.

Soon after relocating, the College became aligned with the Presbyterian Church. Until the early 1970s, the Church was the main source of financial sustenance for the College and, unlike most private colleges and universities in the country at the time, Beaver placed little emphasis on securing private financial support from friends and alumni. Consequently, while most schools were building strong benefactor relationships with their constituencies in the early twentieth century, Beaver College was not actively pursuing the same friend-raising relationships.

In the early 1970s, the College began to change in many regards. In 1973 men were admitted for the first time and the Presbyterian Church relinquished responsibility for fiscal management to the Trustees. In 1985, Dr. Bette E. Landman was appointed President with a charge from the Board of Trustees to develop strategic long-range plans that would guarantee the financial future for the College.

Shortly after her appointment, President Landman secured approval from the Board to invest the resources necessary to develop a comprehensive plan and an approach to friend-raising and fund-raising that would mirror successful programs at other colleges and universities. As a result, the College developed an Alumni Annual Fund and began to build an endowment, largely funded through bequests from alumnae from the early 1900s.

In 2004, Dr. Jerry Greiner succeeded Dr. Landman. Under his leadership, the University launched a successful comprehensive campaign: At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University. The effort exceeded the $23.5 million goal, raising nearly $30 million in support of research, scholarships, the new Commons student center, and general support.

Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III served as president following Dr. Greiner until March 2013. Dr. Nicollette Christensen began serving as Chief Operating Officer March 2013 and continues the University's commitment to educate students who will succeed in a global society.


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