TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman president Robert A. Coons says this will help the school continue their journey of working to be the best.
Rose-Hulman’s mission driven fundraising campaign raised a quarter of a billion dollars, something President Coons says was possible with the help of alumni and members of the community.
“Over 54 percent of the total proceeds are for our endowment,” President Coons said. “Which long term provides support for scholarships and professorships for our faculty on campus and the primary driver there is really support for our students.”
A new state of the art facility will officially open its doors when the school year begins. It will be home to the Chemistry Department. Coons says having the latest technology and equipment is important in helping student retention and recruitment.
“Just critical to be competitive,” President Coons said. “We have been ranked number one for over 22 years now in the U.S. News and World Report with regard to our undergraduate curriculum and to stay relevant to stay current requires current facilities, current equipment as well as bright brilliant faculty and recruiting that talent and retaining that talent.”
Rose-Hulman is expecting record numbers in enrollment this year.
“We are back to full force in terms of enrollment,” President Coons said. “So whether it be in our residence halls or in our classrooms, we’re back to a more traditional structure from the past year. It really is going to look and feel a lot differently than it did a year ago and more faculty in the classroom as well.”
With so many new features and renovations on campus, President Coon says they can’t wait to begin the new school year.