Utah State University will never be the same.
That’s how officials are describing the impact of the more than half a billion dollars raised during a six-year capital campaign the Logan-based research university concluded last week. The money, which far exceeded USU’s target, helped raise numerous "new beacons on the hill" above Logan, expanded its satellite campuses in Tooele, Vernal, Price, Blanding, Brigham City and Moab, and endowed chairs, fellowships and scholarships.
"These facilities enhance the beauty of our campus but also represent, for generations to come, the level of heightened excellence we enjoy in our teaching, research, outreach and athletic missions," President Stan Al-brecht wrote in a statement announcing the conclusion of the campaign. "But the most important outcomes will likely be found in the sometimes less visible changes in individual lives."
Much of the campaign coincided with the worst economic downturn since the 1930s, yet the university was still able to more than double its initial $200 million goal, raising $513 million.