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College of Mount Saint Vincent Announces Historic Campaign


Riverdale, N.Y. – Hundreds of Mount Saint Vincent alumnae/i, trustees, and friends gathered on Saturday, October 21, at the College’s annual Reunion Dinner for the announcement of the formal launch of a $42,000,000 capital campaign that will expand and enrich the educational and programmatic opportunities the Mount makes available for its students.

In announcing the Ad Lux capital campaign, President Charles L. Flynn, Jr. said, “The College’s campaign embodies the greatest aspirations and hopes of Mount Saint Vincent. It represents so much about the work that goes on here. The College is an extraordinary place with an abiding mission. The Ad Lux campaign is more than a set of next-step goals—it is a summons to not only secure, but to magnify the College’s future.”

The Ad Lux campaign, so named to invoke the Latin motto “toward the light,” recognizes and preserves the College’s legacy. With over $30,000,000 in gifts and pledges to date, the prestigious liberal arts college—known for demonstrably high-quality academic programs and a constituency of highly diverse, talented, accomplished students and remarkably successful alumnae/i—is proud to embark on the public phase of this fundraising campaign.

Established in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent has a long history of providing a transformative educational experience for students from the region, around the country, and the world. The College’s dual commitment to academic excellence and authentic opportunity is a rare combination, and the institution has earned almost singular recognition. A 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Education identified the College as one of only five public and independent colleges and universities in the United States that demonstrate a very high commitment to both socioeconomic inclusivity and extraordinary student success. Earlier this year, The New York Times published a report on college and university mobility rates. One measure in the study looked at the chance a student from the bottom income quintile has to move into the top quintile as an adult. Mount Saint Vincent ranked third in the nation among selective institutions. In 2017, the College was also named a College of Distinction and one of the 50 Best Small Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States by Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal.

Ad Lux is the most ambitious campaign in the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s history. The campaign will provide comprehensive support for several of the College’s strategic priorities. Funds will increase financial aid resources for students, endow professorships, support academic and programmatic innovations, improve and upgrade facilities, significantly augment the Mount’s endowment and annual fund, and support its commitment as a Sisters of Charity college.

“We are extremely proud of the tradition that the Sisters of Charity created here,” said Dr. Flynn “We will sustain it.”

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About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.