WHEELING - Echoing the mantra of Linsly's founder, Noah Linsly, who established the school charter in 1814 with the guiding principle of "Forward and No Retreat," The Linsly School recently announced its 200th anniversary campaign, a capital fundraising effort with a goal of $10 million.
The campaign is part of The Linsly School's bicentennial anniversary celebration in the year 2014, and will position Linsly to continue its tradition of academic excellence and character development while preparing students for 21st century success.
The largest capital fundraising campaign in the history of the school, "Forward and No Retreat," The 200th Anniversary Campaign, will focus fundraising efforts on three major priorities: building the school's endowment, investments in academic excellence, and creating spaces to grow and learn.
According to Linsly Headmaster Chad Barnett, the three campaign priorities have a direct line to every individual student at the school.
"What matters most at Linsly, above all else, is having great teachers in front of motivated students in relatively small classes where each teacher has the time and opportunity to know their students well and to hold them accountable to the highest possible standards," said Barnett. "We know what matters most to a Linsly student is that a teacher knew me, challenged me, cared about me, inspired me and helped me to reach my best every single day."
"Linsly offers a counter-cultural experience for students in a world that is changing socially, academically, and economically," explained Barnett. "Where society rationalizes dishonesty, Linsly expects honorable behavior. Where society says its OK to win at all costs, Linsly insists on sportsmanship. Where society accepts giving up, Linsly requires perseverance. Where society suggests success can be given, Linsly proves it must be earned."
According to Barnett, our nation's prosperity and national security depend on more and better education. "In our information economy, showing up for work just isn't enough. Average is over. Linsly students are expected to think critically, collaborate, problem solve, and innovate new solutions to familiar challenges. They are expected to do this with a resilient attitude and sense of personal responsibility."
To enhance these commitments, Linsly's solution is to continue to hire and retain quality teachers who support the school's counter cultural mission.
To this end, the campaign's first goal, Endowment Building for Scholarship and Faculty Professional Development, includes $4 million to support students and teachers. Through the endowed scholarship fund, students with great promise and ambition will have the opportunity to experience Linsly regardless of their financial means. Additionally, by supporting faculty enrichment, Linsly will offer teachers the opportunity to rise with the challenges of our time. Cutting-edge brain research and changing modes of content delivery influence how we teach and learn. From premier academic conferences, to graduate courses, to on-site presentations, Linsly teachers value professional development and the endowment will secure vital funding for future needs.
Campaign Chairman Dr. Donald Hofreuter further emphasized the importance of supporting students and teachers.
"The strength of our school has always been in our faculty," said Hofreuter. "The 200th anniversary campaign will support our endowment which will ensure that we can continue to maintain and recruit quality faculty in the years to come. Additionally, it gives more students an opportunity to receive a Linsly education, regardless of their economic background, through endowed scholarships and financial aid."
Barnett went on to explain why the second goal of the campaign, To Invest in Academic Excellence, is so relevant in today's changing educational and economic climate.
"We are living in a time when the top 10 jobs for 2012 didn't even exist in 2004," said Barnett. "It's no longer good enough for students to compete with students on the other side of town. We need to prepare our students to compete in a global economy, to work in jobs that haven't been created yet, using technology and tools that haven't yet been invented. How is that possible?" Barnett asks. "By developing flexible and resilient thinkers. We expect our graduates to be adaptive and persistent. We want them to take special pride in the quality of their work. We want them to grow and learn everyday of their lives. We want them to serve others with humility and ambition. These qualities lead to success in college and beyond."
Linsly Director of Development Mark Landini said there are many ways to support the 200th anniversary campaign.
"Linsly has had successful fundraising campaigns in the past, but the bicentennial celebration is truly a unique event. The 200th anniversary campaign is just one part of what will be a year long celebration that will involve our entire school community, and we look forward to the many events that are planned for our celebration year beginning in the fall of 2013."
Landini said that campaign pledges can be stretched over a five-year period, and gifts in various forms including gifts of securities, real estate, bequests, life insurance as well as charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts are welcome.
For more information on Linsly's 200th Anniversary campaign, contact the school's development office at 304-234-4602.