It is my pleasure to share with you that we have reached an important milestone for The Campaign for Washington State University—Because the World Needs Big Ideas. Our campaign surpassed the $800 million mark as of May 31—$802.9 million to be exact. With a little more than 24 months to go, we are tracking at $34.5 million ahead of our trajectory needed to achieve $1 billion by June 30, 2015.

Our fiscal year totals $99.8 million as of May 31 as well. With a month to go in FY2013, we are assured to record a $100 million year for just the fifth time in WSU’s history—all during The Campaign for WSU. I am proud of our development staff who are working tirelessly with our donors to make the connections that will benefit Washington State University. I am proud of each of our volunteers for their leadership and advocacy throughout this historic campaign. And importantly, I am proud of the Cougar Nation for stepping up to support this institution when we need it most.

As we enter the final 20 percent of the campaign, our momentum is strong, but the last stretch is almost always the most difficult for any campaign. For WSU, it is the most critical time. Now is when we must redouble our efforts, renew our focus, and dig deep within ourselves to keep us moving purposefully toward our goal.

Twenty-four months will go by quickly, but with the continued support, leadership and generous investment in Washington State University by our entire community, we will have more than a billion reasons to celebrate in 2015.