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  • The President's Report

    As we reflect on the year and prepare for the next, we realize that we are at an exciting juncture in Elmira College history. I am pleased to be a part of that excitement.

    My first year on campus has been full and rewarding. Our faculty, administrators, and staff are contributing to the energy and dedication of the Elmira College community for advancing the College’s mission.

    An initiative to significantly upgrade learning spaces has begun, bringing wireless capability to all major academic buildings and refreshing many high-use classrooms with new furniture and technology. This effort is an example of a new era of collegiality — trustees, faculty, and administrators working together to help shape the future of this venerable college.

    I thank you for your support of Elmira College and its mission.


    Ronald Champagne

    The President's Report 2011-2012

    July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Gift Club Members

    Cowles Circle Members
    The Cowles Circle, named in honor of Dr. Augustus W. Cowles, first President of Elmira College, is Elmira’s premier leadership gift club. The Cowles Circle honors donors at four levels: The Octagon Society for gifts of $10,000 or more, Benefactors for gifts of $5,000 to $9,999, the Founder’s Society level of recognition is based on the founding date of Elmira College for gifts of $1,855 to $4,999, and Members for gifts of $1,000 to $1,854.

    Iris Society and Bequests
    The Iris Society recognizes and honors those who have made planned gifts to Elmira College as part of their financial planning. Planned gifts include bequests, life income agreements such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds; and gifts of insurance, real estate and qualified retirement plans. These gifts help ensure that scholarships will be available for future generations of Elmira College students.

    McGraw Society

    By making gifts of $500 to $999 the following contributors have earned membership in The McGraw Society, established in honor of Harold McGraw, Sr., President of the Board of Trustees from 1957-1968, and a major benefactor of Elmira College.

    Simeon Benjamin Associates
    Gifts of $250 to $499 this year have entitled the following contributors to membership in The Simeon Benjamin Associates, established in honor of Simeon Benjamin, Founder of Elmira College and President of the Board of Trustees from 1855 to 1868.

    1855 Club
    The 1855 Club recognizes those contributors whose gifts are between $100 and $249.

    Purple and Gold Club

    The Purple and Gold Club is reserved for alumni who graduated in the past 10 years and who have given a gift between $25 and $99.