University of Miami Launches Momentum 2

New Breakthrough Campaign to Help Increase University’s Impact on Community & World

Momentum 2

MIAMI — (February 16, 2012) — University of Miami (UM) Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Leonard Abess, UM President Donna E. Shalala, Sergio M. Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of University Advancement and External Affairs, and Provost Thomas LeBlanc were among the more than 800 people at the BankUnited Center for the launch of Momentum 2, a campaign designed to support academic resources, learning opportunities, and strategic initiatives throughout the University. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1.6 billion, which will further establish UM as one of the nation’s most renowned centers of higher education, research, innovation and outreach.

The campaign is off to a breakneck start, with $906 million already raised. “Few top-rated universities continuously move up,” said Abess, who with his wife Jayne will serve as co-chair of Momentum2. “Some universities stall, but we keep getting better. The success of this campaign so far is due to very focused leadership and relentless work by a huge team of people who share a common vision about this institution we love.”

The campaign comes as UM continues to ride a crest of major achievements during the past year. In 2011, UM continued its ascent in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings, climbing to No. 38 (up from 47 the previous year). The new rank represented a rise of 29 slots over the last ten years, making UM the fastest-rising institution among national universities. Worth magazine recently named the University the most fiscally responsible nonprofit organization in the nation, and for the eleventh year in a row, UM received Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Gift announcements and updates may be found online throughout the campaign by visiting Throughout the campaign, social media users are urged to engage by using “#Give2theU”.

“Our donors from the community, including alumni, trustees, parents, and members of the community, have supported us in record numbers already in this campaign,” said President Donna E. Shalala. “They invested in us, and we made sound decisions, recruiting top faculty, top students, and moving up in the rankings. This campaign will firmly establish us as the next great American university.”

Central priorities for the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science will include endowments to attract exceptional faculty members and graduate students, scholarships, a new state-of-the-art seawater complex, and a partnership with the Bonefish Tarpon Trust, which will expand our understanding of air-sea interactions and the marine environment.

About Momentum2
Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami seeks to advance learning, elevate scholarship, and make bold strides in health care in the community, across the country, and around the world. Momentum2 comes on the heels of the institution’s record-breaking Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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