Inspirational Partnership, Unmatched Generosity


Like any successful operation, many pieces come together in just the right way to ensure Davidson keeps moving in the right direction. Outstanding students are inspired to apply and enroll. Faculty bring to their classes challenging curricula and thought-provoking discussions. Coaches recruit scholar-athletes who are the best fit for the competitive athletic and academic expectations of Davidson. Campus leaders commit themselves to the institution’s core values and founding mission and are open to pursuing these ideals in new ways. Alumni, families and friends invest in the future of the college, and staff members ensure the responsible stewardship of their resources. 

This is a recipe for success, and we are lucky to find this recipe at Davidson.

Serving as chair of the Board of Trustees during the Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign made my years in this role even more special than I could have imagined. I have witnessed, first-hand, the importance of the partnership between the college and its supporters. Together, we are able to set into motion new initiatives that are critical to Davidson’s future. 

It has been a pleasure to serve with this board, which is made up of smart, dedicated, generous volunteers who see no limit to what Davidson College can accomplish. 

President Quillen has led the college through important growth and in new directions while remaining true to our foundation and mission—not an easy task in these times. I am personally grateful for her inspiring leadership and partnership during the campaign. The Game Changers Campaign Committee members have served as outstanding advisors and ambassadors as the college set priorities and worked to turn aspirations into action. They gave of their time and their resources, and they encouraged others to get on board, too.

Behind the scenes of a campaign are college employees playing important roles. They keep our campus looking amazing, think of new ways to do things and connect with alumni, families and the entire Davidson community. Every time we read about Davidson students and their exceptional opportunities to learn, grow and become leaders who will make a difference in the world, we should remember there are teams of people behind them, enabling these opportunities and ensuring their success.

It takes every piece to make the operation

I hope you enjoy reading the stories in this issue of the Davidson Journal. These are stories that showcase the impact of a transformational campaign that you helped make happen. From scholarships and internships to athletics and the arts, there is no area of campus left untouched by your generosity. Thank you for what you have done and what you will continue to do for Davidson College. 


About Author

John Chidsey ’83

John W. Chidsey III '83 served as chair of the Davidson College Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2019.

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