Today the Tuck School of Business publicly launched The Tuck Difference: The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Wise Leaders, a $250-million philanthropic endeavor that is part of Dartmouth’s $3-billion comprehensive campaign.
The Tuck Difference has already surpassed an earlier target, with key supporters pledging $132 million leading up to today’s announcement.
The $250-million goal is more than double that of Tuck’s last capital campaign, concluded in 2009, which raised $125 million against a target of $110 million.
Top priorities of the campaign launched today are new investments in students—increasing Tuck’s current scholarship abilities—as well as investments in support of faculty excellence, program innovation, and campus revitalization.
“The order of these priorities—people, programs, places—is important,” says Tuck Dean Matthew J. Slaughter. “Our most cherished asset is talent. The dynamism and diversity of our students and our faculty are why Tuck thrives. They are the reason increasing our ability to attract the very best students and scholar-educators to sustain a world-class learning community comes first.”
To ensure the continued excellence of its MBA program and spur future innovation, Tuck will also make sustaining investments in its centers of learning and application, leadership and global curriculum, and programs aimed at learners who are at key inflection points of their career.
“Tuck’s success rests on our ability to anticipate and adapt to the changing world. This is the innovative spirt that has kept Tuck at the forefront of business education for generations. To ensure we remain there, we must secure the excellence of our MBA program and seek out innovative new opportunities for pre- and post-MBA learners,” Slaughter says, citing the TuckGO global requirement and Tuck’s Next Step program for military veterans and elite athletes as recent examples.
There are enhancements ahead for Tuck’s physical spaces as well. The coming years will see the Dartmouth campus enriched by the creation of the new Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and an expansion to the Thayer School of Engineering. These projects, as well as the co-location of the Department of Computer Science at the end of Tuck Drive, will establish an interdisciplinary hub for technology, design, engineering, entrepreneurship, and leadership that will create synergies across the Dartmouth community.
“This is an ambitious goal,” Slaughter acknowledges of the campaign, “but Tuck is an ambitious place. Our graduates are a powerful part of our success. They are today’s wise leaders forging the path for tomorrow’s.”