Advent greetings to all of you as we prepare for Christmas and the joy of knowing once again that God is with us. Come, Immanuel.
I have been experiencing another personal advent season in my life as I prepare for my retirement from an exciting and rewarding 36 year career in the real estate industry, the last nine as CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. My wife, Ann, and I will be returning to Minnesota on a permanent basis after living the last 14 years in New Jersey.
Having been actively engaged as a member of the Augsburg College Board of Regents over the last 11 years, four as chair, I have become even more convinced that Augsburg has a unique calling and mission as a College of the ELCA. I have witnessed firsthand, once again, the impact that our committed and passionate Faculty and Staff have on the lives of our students. Augsburg is a transformational place! It was for me 42 years ago as a student and it continues to transform lives today.
As we enter 2013, I have committed to be fully engaged with President Pribbenow, Heather Riddle, Vice President of Institutional Development and our Board of Regents as the Chair of the Capital Campaign to raise the funds needed to build the Center for Science Business & Religion. To accomplish our vision of completing the CSBR, we will need the support of all who believe in Augsburg College: alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the college who understand the significance Augsburg plays in our communities, business and churches as it helps develop informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders in service to our world.
Our overall goal is to raise $50 million by May, 2014. As I write this we have over $12 million dollars committed and a number of special new gifts being considered. I am grateful for a core group of campaign leaders including Chris Ascher ’81, Steve Anderson, Andre Lewis ’73, Wayne Jorgenson ’71, Clayton McNeff ’91 and David Tiede who are working closely with me and Augsburg leadership on fundraising activities. As we move into this new phase in our Capital Campaign, we will expand this group of volunteer leaders in order to strengthen our focus on additional pathways to achieve our vision.
As an important friend of the college, we ask for your prayers and for your support. The first step is to understand as much as you can regarding the importance of this transformational facility and of the significant learning that will occur in the complex intersection of the academic disciplines of the sciences, business and religion. We will be providing you with many unique opportunities to do this in 2013. Secondly, we need your help in raising the funds necessary to make this vision a reality. You can make a difference and I will be counting on you!
I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you during 2013 as we build momentum in this vital campaign. We will communicate with you on a regular basis to keep you apprised of our progress. Thank you for your past and current support of Augsburg College. Your gifts of prayer, dedication, encouragement and financial support are greatly appreciated by the entire college community. All things are possible to those who…..
Mike Good ’71