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Manchester U. Exceeds $100 Million Target

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (AP): Manchester University has exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal 18 months ahead of its deadline.
 
       The nearly 1,400-student university about 35 miles west of Fort Wayne announced Sunday that the Students First! campaign launched in 2007 had raised $108.4 million.
 
       Vice President for University Advancement Tim McElwee told The Journal Gazette that retiring president Jo Switzer was the stimulus who brought in much of the money. Her last day as president is Monday after 10 year leading Manchester.
 
       McElwee says the alumni he spoke to said Switzer was a leader who got things done, and they knew it would be agonizing for her not to have the fundraising goal reached when she retired.
 
       The campaign included a $35 million Lilly Endowment gift that created Manchester's School of Pharmacy.

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