Registry of Patrons
We are pleased to bring you this Registry of Patrons publication as a tribute to those who helped us surpass our vision by investing so generously in TU's future.
In early 2006, when The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees unanimously voted to undertake the Embrace the Future Campaign, the $400 million goal
seemed challenging, if not outright daunting for a school with only 30,000 living known alumni. But the new campaign’s goals were clear and compelling – the result of months of
strategic analysis and discussion involving trustees, faculty, staff, and students.
Rather than focusing on the question of how much money we thought could be raised, we focused on making an honest and thorough assessment of what TU would need in the coming
years to maintain the momentum of its programs and residential campus; to enhance its position as a national competitor and, ultimately, to be recognized as one of the nation’s top-tier
doctoral universities. Throughout this process, we challenged ourselves to integrate the needs and opportunities of greater Tulsa in all our plans for advancing TU’s future.
Thanks to the leadership and optimism of Campaign Co-Chairs Roxana and Bob Lorton (see p.11), the energetic assistance of a dedicated Campaign Cabinet (see p. 54), and – most of
all – the overwhelming generosity of a remarkable group of donors, TU’s Embrace the Future Campaign proceeded to shatter all previous TU fundraising records – and its own lofty
goal. The final total of more than $698 million includes more than 138,000 gifts and represents a 75 percent increase over the campaign’s target. A large percentage of dollars
were given by non- alumni who expressed, time and again, their belief that “What is good for TU is also good for Tulsa.”
Our campaign result is especially remarkable because it was achieved during a stubbornly recessionary economy. Despite the troubling economic environment, TU’s friends and
partners have been resolute, magnanimous and inspiring, as they have stepped forward to equip TU for a new decade of excellence.
We are pleased to bring you this Registry of Patrons publication as a tribute to those who helped us surpass our vision by investing so generously in TU’s future. Their gifts have
already begun raising the facilities, delivering the scholarships, funding the faculty and growing the programs that will define TU’s next dynamic chapter. On behalf of the entire
TU family, I thank each and every donor who chose to invest in The University of Tulsa, and I join you in keen anticipation of many wonderful returns in the years ahead.
Steadman Upham President
The Office of Institutional Advancement is the primary strategic link between The University of Tulsa and its principal external constituencies: alumni, donors and friends.
The role of Institutional Advancement is to support and advance the mission of the university by increasing engagement in and financial support for the institution. In this role, the 55-member team of the centralized IA staff leads TU's fundraising, donor services, special events, public relations, marketing, alumni relations, and stewardship efforts through strategic, university-wide initiatives.