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DWU's 'Greater Wesleyan' campaign raises $41M, ends three years early

An aerial photo of the Dakota Wesleyan University campus. (Republic file photo)

A fundraising campaign titled a "Greater Wesleyan" has reached its goal — three years early.

With a goal to raise $40 million in seven years, Dakota Wesleyan University officials announced this week the campaign, which began in 2013 exceeded its goal three years early.

"People weren't wrong in saying that this was an incredibly ambitious goal for an institution that has never fundraised for that high a sum in such a short period of time," DWU President Amy Novak said. "Which is why we're so pleased to announce that we have achieved our goal three years early."

The campaign began when newly inaugurated Novak approached the DWU board members about creating the campaign to help fund a new wellness center and indoor track.

And since, the total $41.5 million in gifts and pledges was used to build the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex in 2016, the new black box theater this fall and the first phase of the Turchen Welcome Center. It also allowed for renovations to the Christian Athletic Center and the Rollins Campus Center. Approximately $22.5 million of the money was used to invest in scholarships and endowments for students and faculty.