President Anne Blackhurst kicked off her presidency with a unique and unprecedented event, Laps for the Long Run. The Sept. 24, 2014 fundraiser was part of homecoming and presidential inauguration week activities to raise money for scholarships. To jump-start the challenge, Blackhurst personally pledged $1,000 per lap for a total of $50,000 toward the President’s Merit Scholarship Endowment. More than 250 “Anne fans,” including faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and friends, ran laps with the president to show their support and to help raise money for student scholarships. To date, more than $1.2 million has been raised in one of the most successful fundraisers in MSUM history.“A lot of it is going toward student scholarships, and all of it is going to things that benefit students. Many people invested in MSUM—community members, alumni, students, faculty, staff and that feels really good. I believe in MSUM, and I believe we’re worth the investment,” President Blackhurst said.
To hear more from President Blackhurst on leadership at MSUM, watch her fall address here.