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Piedmont sets fundraising record

Jul 6th, 2020

During the past year, Piedmont College has set records and established milestones. Last fall, the college enrolled its largest ever freshman class and soared to a new enrollment high. U.S. News also ranked Piedmont among the top 50 regional universities in the 12-state South Region.

Recognizing the college’s momentum, energy, and direction, more alumni made a gift to alma mater than ever before for the fiscal year ending June 30. The all-time historical record of alumni donors was not only broken, but exceeded by 20 percent. On top of that, 70 percent of faculty and staff gave to Piedmont, up from 40 percent last fiscal year.

The record giving comes during a time of rising economic uncertainty and social unrest.

“Across the state and region, people are noting the transformation that is occurring here,” said Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp. “Our rising donor participation affirms our direction and recognizes our progress.”

Last fall, the college launched Lions Share, an alumni annual giving campaign, and the Yonahian Society, a giving group that includes more than 120 members and celebrates those who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

“We really worked hard this year to share good news about Piedmont and invite others to join us on this remarkable journey,” said Craig Rogers, Piedmont’s Vice President for Advancement. “While we have a way to go, our collective progress is helping to nurture a culture of philanthropy. We extend our enduring thanks to all of those who have contributed.”

The coming year will see more Piedmont progress. This fall, the college will dedicate a renovated Nielsen Hall, upgrade residence halls, and break ground on infrastructure improvements that will lay the foundation for a new athletic complex and fields.

Recognizing the institution’s growth and vibrancy, the name of the institution will change to “Piedmont University” next spring. In early 2021, Piedmont will also relocate its Athens campus to a modern, new, downtown facility.