“AUB is on the threshold of a new era of dynamic growth. Our purpose will be no less than to make the University without equal in this part of the world,” said former President John Waterbury, about the University’s new fundraising Campaign for Excellence in 2002. The Campaign for Excellence came on the heels of a two-year academic review of AUB’s strengths and potential, joined with the development of a Master Plan for the campus that will provide new and renovated facilities and an enhanced physical environment to support the University’s academic mission in the decades ahead. At their June 2002 meeting, the AUB’s Board of Trustees gave their approval to launch the campaign. The campaign was designed to provide the funds needed to sustain AUB’s role in the region as an institutional leader committed to excellence in teaching and research, and was built on generous initial commitments of over $60 million from alumni, friends, and trustees. The ultimate goal is $140 million by the date of the University’s 140th anniversary in fiscal year 2006-07 was successfully surpassed, and raised more than $171 million. While the Campaign has officially come to a close, the drive continues to fund the work of the University.