Believe. Inspire. Transform: Gannon’s Next Century

Barbara Beuscher

Dear Gannon family, 

I am so proud to introduce Believe. Inspire. Transform. Gannon’s Next Century, a bold $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign that celebrates our centennial anniversary in 2025 and charts an ambitious course into our next century.

Since our founding, we’ve made it our mission to believe in, inspire and transform our students to live lives of impact around the globe. We’ve come a long way in our first century – but we have something even greater in mind for our next 100 years. 

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico addresses guests at the Believe. Inspire. Transform campaign launch

Watch the Believe. Inspire. Transform. campaign launch with speakers from the Gannon and Erie communities, including Bishop Lawrence T. Persico (pictured).

I’m excited to announce that we’ve already raised more than $60 million toward this campaign. But we need your support through gifts of all sizes. What follows in these pages is a picture of our strategic campaign priorities that will propel us into our next 100 years. I invite you to join us as we inspire the next generations of students, dreamers, innovators and change-makers.

Barbara Beuscher  

Barbara Beuscher, CFRE
Vice President for University Advancement

Gannon Launches Next Century Campaign

“Over the past 96 years, Gannon University has remained steadfast in its fidelity to Christ’s message, in its commitment to excellence in teaching, and in its commitment to making the way to higher education a possibility for so many students,” said The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L., Bishop of Erie and chairperson of Gannon’s Board of Trustees. 

The campaign, the most ambitious in the university’s nearly 100-year history, has been quietly gaining momentum with more than $60 million raised so far. 

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. and Robert Barker ’72, Gannon University Board of Trustee member.

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. and Robert Barker ’72, Gannon University Board of Trustee member.

Building on this longstanding tradition of providing affordable, accessible education, Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. announced on Sept. 24 the public launch of Believe. Inspire. Transform. Gannon’s Next Century – an ambitious $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign that invites the Gannon family to invest in and advance the university’s mission.

Gannon’s Next Century campaign is composed of four overarching goals that will drive forward our mission of transforming students’ lives through high-quality, affordable educational experiences that make a difference for students and the communities they serve.

“Gannon University has flourished in its 100-year history and is increasingly becoming a place where our students believe in their possibilities and are inspired to pursue opportunities that lead them out into the world to transform lives,” Taylor said.

Student on Campus

Watch the film for the Believe. Inspire. Transform. Gannon's Next Century.

Funding Priorities: Academic Excellence ($35M), Student Experience ($30M), Campus Enhancements ($25M), Gannon Fund ($10M)

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