One Spirit, One Vision

College targets $30 million goal in
$1 billion Texas A&M Campaign

It was a billion dollar night. Amid confetti, whoops, and the fanfare of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, key supporters of the College of Architecture joined the rest of the campus community celebrating the launch of One Spirit, One Vision — the Texas A&M Campaign. The new volunteer-led, seven-year, fund-raising effort is aimed at raising $1 billion to support the university's Vision 20-20 initiatives.

The March 28, 2003 gala celebration marked the beginning of the public portion of the campaign, which began quietly on March 23, 2001.

The College of Architecture's One Spirit, One Vision goal is $30 million. And while that is a relatively small portion of Texas A&M's $1 billion target, it represents a new benchmark in private support for the college.

Even though the $30 million goal represents a threefold increase in donations, "we are seeing involvement and momentum that will guarantee our success," said Harold Adams '61 the One Spirit, One Vision campaign chairman for the College of Architecture.

The main focus of the One Spirit, One Vision Campaign is on endowment gifts that will be invested to provide permanent sources of support for a variety of purposes. Since the campaign began in 2001, Adams noted, the college has more than doubled the number of endowed scholarships from 36 to 75.

Endowed chairs in the college have increased from 1 to 3, with the latest being created with a $500,000 commitment from Ron Skaggs '65 and Joe Sprague '70 of HKS Inc. in Dallas.

Endowed professorships, which enable Texas A&M to recruit and retain distinguished scholars and scientists who are also talented teachers, are also a high campaign priority.

"Endowed professorships allow students to participate in real-world learning experiences," said J. Thomas Regan, dean of the college. "They provide resources for developing new knowledge for professional practice, and they allow our professors to share the excellence of Texas A&M with their colleagues throughout the world."

The One Spirit One Vision Campaign continues through December 31, 2006. Former students and other friends of the college may participate in a number of ways and a variety of levels. For information, contact Larry Zuber, director of development for the College of Architecture, at (979) 845-0939 or

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