Thank you for your extraordinary generosity to Seattle Pacific University 2010-11.
In the midst of this ever-changing economic climate, our friends and supporters have stepped up and given to the University in amazing ways. I'm delighted to report that SPU is financially solid and that our enrollment numbers are exploding off the charts. Our visibility and reputation — both regionally and nationally — have never been stronger.
I'm proud to have served as President of SPU for nearly 17 years, and as many of you know by now, I have announced plans to step down as president of Seattle Pacific, effective July 1, 2012. What a bittersweet decision this is for me. So much has been achieved during this time: We've crafted a vision, defined our signature commitments, strengthened our reputation, increased our enrollment, added faculty members, and built new facilities.
I'm particularly excited about a few recent developments. This year we launched the "President's Circle," a group that honors our leadership donors and aims to provide ongoing financial support for the University. If you have not yet joined in, I'd invite you to consider being a part of this special group of donors.
I'm also proud to tell you that SPU continues carefully to steward every penny given to us. According to the 2010 National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Seattle Pacific endowment fund is among the best-managed endowments in the country.
Your gifts to Seattle Pacific enable us to equip a new generation of students to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have big plans on the table as we prepare to take SPU to the next level of influence and effectiveness in the world. A new online initiative, called "Small Change, Big Impact," is designed to encourage a grassroots culture of giving at SPU. Through an interactive website and social media presence, it is designed to broaden the base of support for SPU from new sources: friends of the University, current students, and young alumni, who are the next generation of givers. You can find this new interactive site — which shows our vision at work around the world — by visiting the Small Change, Big Impact site. I think you'll be inspired and gratified to see how your support makes big things happen, both close at home and around the world.
Thank you again for your generous partnership with us at Seattle Pacific. I am grateful for your friendship and support.
Philip W. Eaton
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