William Peace University Announces Launch of the “Believe in Peace Fund” and Receives $20,000 Lead Gift to Kick-off its Unveiling

September 30, 2016

After a week of celebratory events leading to the Installation of its 11th president, William Peace University officially installed Dr. Brian C. Ralph on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Dr. Ralph’s Installation theme “Believe” was highlighted throughout the week and during his Installation address.

“I believe in William Peace University,” President Ralph said. “I believe in our purpose, the work we do, and the difference we make in the lives of students, the City of Raleigh, and the world. I believe in our University’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As we write our incredible story, I encourage you – in fact ask you – to join me in believing in this institution; its history, its people, and its future. We are ready to enter a new chapter of growth, vibrancy, and impact; one filled with excitement and transformation.”

Dr. Ralph also unveiled the launch of a new Believe In Peace Fund, a subset of the University’s annual fund. The announcement highlighted a surprise lead gift to the fund of $20,000 made by alumna Fay Jackson Anderson ’54 in honor of Dr. Ralph’s Installation.

“I believe in our University’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”

Upon his arrival last fall, Dr. Ralph said he found engaged students, a committed staff, passionate faculty, eager alumni, transformational student experiences, and a solid infrastructure.

“There was a lot to believe in,” he said. “But, I also knew there was more to learn, so I began to seek personal visits with hundreds of alumni, friends, and other key stakeholders.”

The University opened the Alumni Welcome Center in Main Building, added a new Marketing major, dedicated a new softball/baseball practice facility (“The Stable”), launched distance career counseling for alumni and students, hired a new vice president for enrollment management, and is now seeking a new vice president for advancement and, soon after, a director of alumni engagement.

“While the University has achieved a lot in a short time, it is my four-pillar Bridge Plan, unveiled last fall, which focuses on the school’s commitment to growing enrollment, strengthening connections with alumni and friends, stabilizing and strengthening academics, and broadening and optimizing the University’s financial resources that will allow the institution to build a comprehensive strategic plan over the next 15-18 months,” he added. “But, even with that, there is a lot of hard work in front of us. And we need your support.”

Gifts to the Believe in Peace Fund will allow the University to strategically execute the Bridge Plan and strengthen Peace for the future by having special unrestricted funds available to implement strategic initiatives.