AIKEN — University of South Carolina Aiken will hold a launch party on Thursday evening for the public phase of a statewide capital campaign that aims to raise $1 billion by 2015.
The public phase of the eight-year Carolina’s Promise campaign began last November. The university system has raised more than half of its goal.
“Carolina’s Promise is a major fundraising campaign to gather support for the entire University of South Carolina system,” said Deidre Martin, the vice chancellor for advancement at USC Aiken. “It’s driven by the strategic plan of each of the university campuses.”
USC Aiken has a fundraising goal of $26 million. More than $10 million was raised before the public phase of the campaign, Martin said.
At the Aiken campus, the money raised will support student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retainment, programmatic support such as student leadership and the honors program, and capital improvements including building a golf practice facility and expanding The Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
“For the state, it’s a very ambitious and a very exciting goal,” Martin said.
The Aiken launch party is one of 27 held on university campuses across South Carolina and also in major cities across the nation with concentrations of USC alumni.
Newly named USC Aiken chancellor Sandra J. Jordan will make her first public appearance since the announcement last week. Jordan, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University, succeeds Thomas L. Hallman, who is retiring June 30. Both will address the attendees at the event.
USC President Harris Pastides will also give remarks via live video feed.
The event will be held at USC Aiken’s Student Activities Center. Organizers are no longer accepting reservations from the public.