Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committees Gather for On-Campus Meeting

Campaign Co-Chair Roland W. Betts ’68 speaks with Melanie A. Ginter ’78, ’81 M.S. during a hard-hat tour of the renovation at David S. Ingalls Rink. Robert Todd Lang ’45W, ’47 LL.B. looks on.

On April 13 and 14, 2009, more than seventy members of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committees met in New Haven for a Campaign update and an in-depth discussion about plans for West Campus and the new residential colleges. To highlight the impact of donors to date, events were held at the most prominent of Yale’s newly completed building projects, including Paul Rudolph Hall, the Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Kroon Hall. Many committee members also donned hard hats to tour Ingalls Rink, which is currently undergoing renovation.

The gathering started Monday evening as Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, hosted the committee members for dinner and an exhibition tour of Picasso and the Allure of Language with Susan Greenberg Fisher, the Horace W. Goldsmith Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The following morning, attendees toured Rudolph Hall, the Loria Center, and the Haas Family Arts Library before settling in for the formal program.

Tuesday’s full agenda was opened by Inge T. Reichenbach, vice president for development, who spoke on the status of the Campaign. Over the course of the day, Michael Donoghue, vice president for West Campus planning and program development, shared his vision for Yale’s new research and arts campus; Architecture dean Robert A.M. Stern previewed designs for the new residential colleges; and President Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D. provided a University update.

During his remarks, President Levin said, “So many of the major themes we have pursued over these past few years are moving ahead.” He referred to West Campus as an enormous opportunity for Yale and said that he expects it to be a great lever for advancing the University over the next twenty to thirty years. He also reiterated the importance of continuing to develop plans for two new residential colleges in light of this year’s admissions cycle. Yale had its lowest ever undergraduate admit rate at 7.5 percent. President Levin ended his remarks by offering a positive appraisal of Yale’s efforts to become a truly international University, which included a thank you to John W. ’67 and Susan G. Jackson for their recent transformative gift to establish the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. He also referenced the 1,200 students who traveled abroad last summer through Yale programs as a marker of success.

The two-day meeting concluded with a panel discussion on the national financial crisis, featuring Robert Shiller, the Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics, and John Geanakoplos ’75, the James Tobin Professor of Economics. President Levin moderated the talk.

(April 27, 2009)

April 27, 2009