I write to you today with pride, a strong sense of hope and an immense appreciation for your Bold support. The past six months have impacted our society in almost every way imaginable, and yet, with resiliency, we have persevered. While we may not know what tomorrow will bring, we can reflect on our response. We saw our second highest fundraising year in history with 9.75 million raised, culminating with a $500,000 fundraising drive to support Barton College during an unprecedented world-wide pandemic. It is hard to express the magnitude of our gratitude as your support has been instrumental in our ability to successfully welcome students back to campus this fall.

As the College opens its doors this week for the start of the new academic year, your impact can be measured by the early signs that enrollment numbers for both freshmen and returning students look very encouraging. It is seen through the diligent preparation by our Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gary Daynes, our Academic Deans, and every member of the faculty and staff, as we work to ensure that the quality of our classroom experience remains at the highest level while keeping student health and safety our top priority. The 2020-21 academic year will be unlike any other in our prestigious history, but one thing does not change. Our commitment to provide programs and opportunities to encourage the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural development of our students and to challenge them for future leadership and service to their local and global communities remains strong.

President Searcy continues to ask the question, “What can we do?”. In a time when it would be easy to focus on what we can’t do, your steadfast support provides the opportunity for each member of this campus to answer that question with enthusiasm and boldness.

As an alumnus, I want to personally thank you for your belief in Barton College.

Most appreciatively,

Archer T. Bane IV (’14)

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement