The Campaign for the University at Albany

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A great public university provides outstanding academic, research, and teaching opportunities to students and faculty. Since 1844, UAlbany has embraced that mission, launching hundreds of thousands of alumni into successful careers and rewarding lives. 

The University’s nationally ranked programs range from business, criminal justice, and public policy to social welfare and atmospheric and environmental science. Now, with the addition of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), we are accelerating excellence at an unprecedented pace. CEAS will provide the Capital Region its first-ever public option for engineering, while CEHC – the first school of its kind in the U.S. – builds upon a unique partnership with Albany Law School to add innovative programs in the health sciences, biomedicine, and digital forensics. 

This Is Our Time, UAlbany’s $150-million campaign, will further the University’s commitment to promising students, to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge by world-class faculty, and to the charting of career paths and life courses. 

By coming together to realize the campaign’s goals, we will ensure UAlbany remains among the top public universities in the world, while enhancing its role as a positive force for change. Join us!

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Campaign Priorities

Priority No. 1

Opportunity and Excellence

scholarships, The Honors College, fellowships

Priority No. 2

Student Success 

experiential learning, career development, living-learning communities

Priority No. 3

Discovery and Innovation

Cutting-edge research, endowed professorships, new high-demand academic programs

Priority No. 4

Campus and Community

Diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurial initiatives, athletics

UAlbany President Havidan Rodriguez

Letter from the President

This is our time to claim our place as a leading public research university, driven by a commitment to excellence, discovery, and innovation.

This is our time to honor our history of providing an affordable, world-class education to talented, hard-working students from all backgrounds and walks of life.

This is our time to expand and enhance our academic programs and research assets to create even greater impact on our region, our state, our nation, and the world.

And this is our time to join together to realize UAlbany’s aspirations through this ambitious campaign – and to write the next chapters in the history of this great university.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your investment in UAlbany will make a profound difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Havidan Rodriguez signature

Havidán Rodríguez, President


Nathan Ferguson
Scholarship Impact

The Martin and Joyce McCollum Kenosian Scholarship

As a transfer student from Canajoharie, N.Y. last spring, Nathan Ferguson has wasted no time finding his place in the UAlbany community.

Students discuss art at the University Art Museum
Donor Impact

The “Jack” W. and Gertrude Horan Memorial Art Museum Endowment

Jack Horan inspired young people, including his 11 grandchildren, to explore the artistic aspects of their lives. In his spare time, and later, in retirement, the co-founder and longtime head of the computer-science program at SUNY Potsdam would “dabble in clay figures,” sketch, and oil-paint landscapes and still-life pictures, recalls his son, John.

Student stands in front of new home of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Capital Projects

This is Our Place

The Massry Center for Business, The Schuyler Building, New Videoboard at SEFCU Arena, and Tom & Mary Casey Stadium are some of the recent capital projects made possible by UAlbany donors.

Peter Bulger
Donor Impact

The Family of Peter Bulger Scholarship

Five years ago, with a $50,000 gift, Bulger established The Family of Peter Bulger Scholarship, which supports deserving scholar-athletes. Now, he has made a new $500,000 planned gift to support the fund.

Four of the past McGovern Scholarship recipients
Scholarship Impact

Lasting Legacy

As dedicated husband and father, amazing friend, and successful bond and currency broker, Scott McGovern, B.S.’87, shared his life and love with others. He now also shares his name with The University at Albany Foundation’s largest endowed undergraduate scholarship.

William Wales
Donor Impact

Professorships Make a Difference

William (Bill) Wales, Ph.D., Standish Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Management, shares how the professorship has helped him to promote entrepreneurship at UAlbany.