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Morgan State University Completes $250-Million Sesquicentennial Anniversary Campaign

Largest Campaign in University History Will Fund Student Success and Community Engagement

Morgan State University (MSU) President David Wilson announced today the successful completion of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Campaign, the University’s second-ever comprehensive campaign and the largest funding effort of its kind in Morgan’s history. The campaign raised more than $250 million ($254,307,730) in gifts and grants from more than 15,000 supporters. The funds secured will be used to advance teaching and research, grow the University’s endowment, develop academic programs, provide student scholarships and further community engagement.

The Anniversary Campaign effort, which coincided with the University’s celebration of its 150-year anniversary in 2017, spanned more than a year, officially kicking off during Morgan’s Founders Day Convocation in 2016. MSU alumnus and former music executive and current entrepreneur Kevin Liles served as the campaign’s honorary chairman.

“We began this ambitious campaign at the start of our Sesquicentennial celebration, with a goal of reaching $250 million, and I am pleased to share that with contributions from thousands of dedicated supporters, we have surpassed our goal,” said Dr. Wilson. “This is a significant achievement in the history of our University, made possible by the generosity of those committed to the success of Morgan and our students. These resources will go a long way in enabling us to advance Morgan’s mission while fostering an innovative environment that keeps our students on track to matriculate and prepares them for life beyond graduation.”

The Anniversary Campaign set out to raise funds from private and public sources, to sustain MSU’s affordability and accessibility, maintain a campus with stellar teaching and research capabilities that promotes learning and interaction, and deepen engagement with the surrounding neighborhoods.

With the campaign now concluded, Morgan will be in a better position to provide much-needed financial aid and scholarships to students in need as well as support for study abroad and other international student experiences. The community engagement activities will include more support for the Morgan Community Mile and targeted research initiatives. More resources will also be provided to the University’s Center for Civic and Community Engagement as well as the Institute for Urban Research.

Through the support of thousands of contributors, Morgan is able to advance education inside and outside of the classroom. Each year, alumni, friends and staff make contributions, knowing that their collective action has a positive impact on the lives of Morgan students. Innovative academic programming and career counseling, coupled with hands-on experiences in research labs, community centers and study abroad programs, prepare Morgan students to become well-rounded leaders, scholars and citizens of the world.

To learn more about ways to support Morgan through giving, visit

About Morgan
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit

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Larry Jones, University PR
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