GW Reaches $1 Billion Goal
maine colonial
 6/13/2017 9:03:22 PM      Replies: 85

maine colonial5/19/2017 5:12:07 PM

The goal has been reached a year early. President Knapp leaves President LeBlanc with a record to shoot for. LINK

Raise High!


nj colonial5/19/2017 5:42:36 PM

Thanks Maine - great news!

The best days of our Alma Mater are ahead. 

Thank you President Knapp and welcome President LeBlanc!


the dude5/19/2017 5:55:14 PM

Thank you Maine and NJC, and thanks to all your "paid trolling" pro GW narrative finally paid dividends! 




the sons of liberty5/19/2017 7:43:08 PM

Great news.

greenpoint ny5/19/2017 7:49:39 PM

Impressive. Raise High!


ziik the bureaucrat5/19/2017 8:02:56 PM

I hear they just rounded up by $500million or so.

maine colonial5/20/2017 5:37:58 AM

The future of the university has never looked brighter than it does now. I would imagine President LeBlanc will start a Bicentennial fundraising campaign with the goal of raising another $1 billion by 2021. And he apparently is a sports fan so I predict there's going to be a new five-year athletics strategic plan. The last one was very successful and was just capped off by the best two years in GW athletics history.

Meanwhile, the National Gallery of Art will install the NGA Corcoran galleries next year or in 2019 at the latest, which will make GW the only university in the nation with a school of art and design located in a national museum. The NGA Corcoran will draw a couple hundred thousand people a year from all around the world to see its portraits of George Washington along with the Greek Slave, Niagara and the Last of the Buffalo. The visitors will also see GW's new art gallery where it will showcase the GW permanent collection and student exhibitions and they will get to hear students' musical performances in the Armand Hammer auditorium. The Corcoran will open in time to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019 and the newly renovated Flagg Building will help GW Raise Higher with the help of donors, students, faculty and administrators. 


maine colonial5/20/2017 8:57:59 AM

Men's Basketball is the only athletics program that is experiencing a difficult transition due to a coaching change. President LeBlanc will play Bob Mueller and get to the bottom of what's going on and straighten things out. But more importantly he will be working to move GW up in the national rankings in an area that, in the long-term, is much more important than basketball: LINK

If you look at the list, you'll notice a lot of schools that have emphasized science, engineering and the arts more than sports. Some of them have been able to do both and hopefully GW will be among those. The school across Rock Creek doesn't have an engineering school or a school of fine arts and design and has wasted a ton of money on basketball to no avail. Take a look at where they are in the endowment rankings. 

GW barely survived its first century due to trying economic times, a civil war and nearly going bankrupt forcing it to move to rented quarters in Foggy Bottom. A century later of building basic academic infrastructure, the university has never looked better or been stronger financially. And the events that will take place leading up to the bicentennial will lay the groundwork for the next century. Whether college basketball players decide to come or go won't affect the course of history, so relax, watch the live-stream of tomorrow's Commencement on the Mall, and Raise High. 


maine colonial5/20/2017 2:28:46 PM

Here's a billion reasons to stay the course. Plus, there will be a new president at the helm. 


maine colonial5/20/2017 11:51:43 PM

Matt Hart and Jaren Sina are graduating along with a bunch of other amazing GW athletes who made history LINK...The baseball team clinched a postseason berth...Jen signed transfer Sarah Overcash of Chevy Chase...Time moves on for most of us and GW keeps Raising Higher as a university and an athletics program...


gw future5/21/2017 7:18:02 AM

I think Maine Colonial was not properly identified a few weeks ago. He really is Kevin Bacon performing a redux of his "all is well" role in Animal House.


maine colonial5/21/2017 9:01:57 AM

Commencement on the National Mall begins soon and I don't thing we will see anyone exhibiting any form of panic:  LINK 

And damn all the Trollpedoes coming from individuals who didn't even attend GW...full speed ahead! 


gw alum abroad5/21/2017 9:22:57 AM

Today's commencement means that being a GW alum is no longer as exclusive as it was yesterday because this ceremony swells our ranks. Bah, humbug.

maine colonial5/21/2017 9:25:36 AM

Catch the live stream of Commencement here beginning in 5 minutes: LINK


dfw hoya5/21/2017 10:05:33 AM

"Maine Colonial: "If you look at the list, you'll notice a lot of schools that have emphasized science, engineering and the arts more than sports. Some of them have been able to do both and hopefully GW will be among those. The school across Rock Creek doesn't have an engineering school or a school of fine arts and design and has wasted a ton of money on basketball to no avail. Take a look at where they are in the endowment rankings." 

They're doing fine, too. Just finished a $1.5 billion capital campaign of its own in 2016.


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maine colonial5/21/2017 8:34:51 PM

Are you sure things are fine or was that a different DFW Hoya who wondered whether 2016-2017 might be the worst year ever for GU sports? LINK



mentzinger5/21/2017 8:49:23 PM

Steve, do you think posting positive PR for the University at key times while the basketball program is imploding hurts? or helps your cause?


maine colonial5/21/2017 9:40:52 PM

Other people visit this site and I think they should see some positive stories about what's going on at GW instead of only negative news and fake news. The reality is practically every other athletics team at GW is thriving except for this one. This one is the anomaly and, having followed this team for 36 years, I have complete confidence it will rebound sooner rather than later.

Today the weather was near perfect and GW held Commencement on the National Mall once again and I assume Jaren and Matt were there along with many of the other 110 students athletes who graduated. Today was a day to celebrate. Raise High.


the dude5/21/2017 9:47:37 PM

Is there any harm in posting positive PR? This site could use a little of it.  Now more than ever.



ziik the bomb thrower5/21/2017 10:04:53 PM

I recall many years ago when Clemson U ran a tournament called the IPTAY Classic.

It was named for Clemson's big time boosters. 

IPTAY was for I Pay Ten Dollars A Year. That bought then season ticket priorities, back in the 70s

maine colonial5/22/2017 11:28:09 AM

Here's a list of all the GW athletes who graduated yesterday: LINK


maine colonial5/23/2017 9:08:59 AM

The GW Board of Trustees approved on Friday a $1.05 billion operating budget for next year. The GW men's basketball budget will probably be somewhere between $3 million and $4 million. Neighbor GU's men's basketball budget will probably be north of $10 million and its total athletics budget north of $33 million. GU relies on profits from its basketball program to help subsidize the rest of its sports teams. By comparison, Ivy League schools spend on average less than $1 million to fund their men's basketball teams.

To ML's credit, the APR for GW's men's basketball team is significantly higher than our neighbor's men's basketball team, although overall GU's sports teams collectively have a slight edge: LINK

Included in GW's Fiscal 2018 operating budget is funding for the continued renovations of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's Flagg Building (the former Corcoran Gallery of Art) to get its second floor galleries ready for the National Gallery of Art to install and open the Corcoran Legacy and Corcoran Contemporary galleries in 2018 or 2019 at the latest. The budget also includes funding to renovate Corcoran Hall, which was the first building GW built on the Foggy Bottom campus and which was named in honor of GW board of trustees president William Wilson Corcoran, who was the founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Corcoran Hall, which is located across from Lisner Auditorium, is where GW Professor George Gamow proved the big bang theory and where the bazooka was invented in the basement during WWII. 

During his 10 years in office, President Knapp was clearly trying to mold GW into a university that has the structures that one finds on Ivy League campuses like state-of-the-art scientific and engineering facilities, research centers, and multiple art museums. GW put out a video last week starring Knapp's dog Ruffles that summarizes some of his accomplishments: LINK

One of Knapp's accomplishments, which wasn't mentioned in the video, was greenlighting the 2012-2016 athletics strategic plan that lead to two of the best years in GW athletics history. 




maine colonial5/24/2017 8:05:19 AM

More than likely a new athletics strategic plan will be created after President LeBlanc takes office. The old 2012-2016 plan really delivered and is worth rereading. It's rare to read a strategic plan that is executed and delivers like this plan did and the result was the last two years were arguably the best in GW athletics history. PLAN  VIDEO  Even the branding and marketing plan worked and you regularly see kids and even alumni using the expression "Raise High." You can find additional information about the old plan here: LINK 



maine colonial5/24/2017 8:14:17 AM

Two programs that are still competing are baseball and sailing.

Baseball plays today at 6 p.m. against St. Louis in one of the opening games of the A10 Championship series: LINK

Women's Sailing is competing at Nationals and will be racing today to lock in a spot in the finals. They are in good position after Day One races yesterday. LINK SCORES

GU is competing in the other semi-final and is in eighth. The top nine teams from each semi make the final.


dear maine colonial5/24/2017 8:37:13 AM

Which AAD are you?


maine colonial5/24/2017 8:46:30 AM

South African Clifford Thompson has signed to play golf for GW. LINK

“I have always dreamed of playing golf in America, it's just come a bit earlier than expected thanks to Coach Scheinost,” said Thompson. “I am excited to attend George Washington University because of the university's great academic reputation and I hope to help grow the university's golf program.”

Thompson has been groomed by the Ernie Els Foundation: "The Ernie Els Foundation was founded in 1999 with the purpose of identifying and assisting young talented individuals, in golf, predominantly from families of limited resources and to deliver to them educational assistance and playing opportunities in order to produce successful young leaders and develop their playing ability to its full potential." LINK

In the past two years, Thompson has had 10 rounds in the 60s. 


squid5/24/2017 1:40:10 PM


bigfan5/24/2017 2:10:06 PM

How tall is he?

maine colonial5/24/2017 4:52:00 PM

From the photos, I would say he's at least 6' and looks pretty strong already but he doesn't look like he's as tall as The Big Easy: 6'3". 


maine colonial5/24/2017 5:09:38 PM

According to Washington Business Journal, GW raised $1 billion in the six years between the start of the quiet phase in July 2011 and now. GU began its quiet phase in 2006 and took seven years to reach $1 billion in March 2013 or so. GU raised the additional $500 million by September 2015, a year ahead of schedule. So it appears that both GW and GU raised about $167 million each year of their respective fundraising campaigns. LINK




the dude5/24/2017 5:32:48 PM


ziik the tentmaker5/24/2017 5:47:37 PM

Nice looking young men.  All picture perfect. Totally unlike my classmates, or me. 


maine colonial5/24/2017 5:50:33 PM

The GW Women's Sailing team advanced into the Finals at Nationals as did GU in the other semifinal. 

The GW baseball team is about to play in the team's first game at A10s and the game will be livestreamed.


maine colonial5/24/2017 8:09:07 PM

GW beats St. Louis 6-4 and will play top-seed VCU next. GW gave up 3 runs on a homer in the 9th to make it close. 


maine colonial5/24/2017 9:36:03 PM

Are you sure things are fine or was that a different DFW Hoya who wondered whether 2016-2017 might be the worst year ever for GU sports? LINK



goggles5/25/2017 6:42:03 AM

Joey bartosic is a beast 


maine colonial5/25/2017 6:46:06 AM

The baseball team won the opening round game of the A-10 Championship for the first time in 14 years. LINK

Game time today is 1:30. 


maine colonial5/25/2017 8:02:00 AM

At the University of Miami, President LeBlanc helped manage two fundraising campaigns that raised $3 billion. The first Momentum campaign, which launched two years before LeBlanc was hired, raised $1.4 billion between 2003 and 2007; the second campaign, Momentum2, raised $1.6 billion between 2012 and 2015. LINK LINK

LeBlanc was hired by President Donna Shala in 2005 to be Miami's executive vice president and provost. It's pretty clear, he played a key role at Miami over his tenure there: LINK

If I had to guess, the next GW fundraising campaign will look to raise another $500 million to $1 billion in time for the university's bicentennial in 2021. If you look at the list of what the big donations were targeted for at the University of Miami, it's pretty clear all areas of GW will benefit from the next campaign including the athletics program. LINK LINK




maine colonial5/25/2017 4:30:16 PM

GW and VCU are tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 5th. VCU is the home team and Eddie Muhl is pitching for GW. LINK


the dude5/25/2017 5:03:50 PM

Score update?

nj colonial5/25/2017 5:40:59 PM

Maine and Dude +1.

Stay positive Maine Colonial and keeping Raising GW High!


the dude5/25/2017 5:55:28 PM

Cheers to that NJC, and Maine, post away, your posts are appreciated and the best thing on this site.


maine colonial5/25/2017 6:00:49 PM

Ugh...I jinxed them. GW lost 9-4 but all is not lost since it's double-elimination. LINK


the sons of liberty5/25/2017 6:02:11 PM

Keep fighting.


maine colonial5/25/2017 9:42:14 PM

The Colonial Navy also had a challenging day and the Women are in 13th place out of 18 teams going into tomorrow. GU is in 9th. LINK



maine colonial5/26/2017 3:38:18 AM

The baseball team's season ended last night with a loss to URI. LINK

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new guy5/26/2017 10:01:48 AM

funny how even the funds raised from the Smith Center Campaign were used to reach the $1B goal.


maine colonial5/26/2017 6:59:25 PM

The Women's sailing team finished 13th at Nationals. All 9 sailors who competed for GW will return next year: LINK


maine colonial5/27/2017 9:48:27 AM

ESPN has a nice story on Jonquel Jones stepping up in a starting role: LINK


maine colonial5/29/2017 10:49:19 AM

The GW Coed Sailing team will compete tomorrow and Wednesday in the semifinals of the College Sailing Coed National Championship in Charleston, S.C. They will try to earn a spot in the finals Thursday and Friday.

Last year the team qualified for Nationals for the first time, earned a spot in the finals, and finished in 17th place.


the sons of liberty5/29/2017 6:12:07 PM

Good stuff.


maine colonial5/30/2017 8:29:19 AM

Dr. Keven Pelphrey was formally installed in October and the ceremony was very moving: LINK



maine colonial5/30/2017 5:27:49 PM

Your Colonial Navy is in first place so far in the Eastern Semifinal at Coed Nationals during Day 1. LINK


maine colonial5/30/2017 8:47:37 PM

GW was in third place at the end of a challenging Day 1: LINK


maine colonial5/30/2017 10:22:20 PM

GW Sailing scored some TV time on Channel 4: LINK


gw alum abroad5/30/2017 10:25:55 PM

Dunno Sons of Liberty. That comes a little too late to keep Joe McKeown on campus. 

maine colonial5/31/2017 2:30:17 PM

GW is in fourth right now but not far off the lead. The top nine in each semifinal will move on to the final


maine colonial5/31/2017 7:40:59 PM

GW ended up second and advanced to the final. LINK


maine colonial6/1/2017 8:21:45 AM

GW Men's Rowing will be competing at the IRA Regatta National Championship in Sacramento beginning on Friday.

The 1st Varsity Eight is ranked 15th:




Our neighbors are lightweights and not heavyweights in case you were wondering: LINK


maine colonial6/1/2017 6:57:48 PM

GW is in 12th place at the end of Day 1. They still have a chance to crack the top 10 tomorrow. The neighbors are in first. LINK

maine colonial6/2/2017 7:18:35 AM

Men's Rowing will begin competition today and the heats will be live streamed: LINK

Beating Cornell and finishing third in the heat would be an upset and quite an accomplishment. California and Dartmouth are probably too strong to catch.


maine colonial6/2/2017 10:20:12 PM

GW Coed Sailing finished in 12th at Nationals. The 12th place finish is the team's best ever finish. The neighbors placed 6th. LINK


maine colonial6/3/2017 6:41:29 AM

GW's three MV8s are back on the water this morning: LINK


maine colonial6/3/2017 12:30:24 PM

GW is having a solid day so the team has a great shot of improving on last season's 18th place national ranking. It looks like they will end up tomorrow between 14th and 16th in the national rankings to conclude GW's 2016-2017 athletics season. In 2015, GW finished 22nd so the Men's Crew team is steadily moving back up in the rankings after placing a program best 14th in 2014 and 15th in 2013.


maine colonial6/3/2017 5:18:26 PM

Only seven schools rank in the top 18 in the nation in both Men's Varsity 8s and Coed Sailing:









the sons of liberty6/3/2017 7:27:24 PM

Fun article from last week about three colonials from the same high school in Massachusetts who all rowed on the women's V8 this year:


maine colonial6/4/2017 6:23:44 AM

Here's today's schedule for the Finals: LINK

The live-stream coverage has been great featuring video from a drone to show the starts and first quarter of the race, then footage from a boat for half the race, and ending with footage from shore to show the finish. 

maine colonial6/4/2017 7:39:51 AM

The only schools that are top 18 in Men's Rowing, Coed Sailing and Men's and Women's Squash are:






maine colonial6/4/2017 9:38:27 AM

Add in Men's Waterpolo to the mix, which ranked 15th in the nation last year, along with Men's Rowing, Coed Sailing and Men's and Women's Squash, and there are only two teams ranked in the Top 18 in all of them:




maine colonial6/4/2017 9:45:08 AM

You can also throw in Women's Sailing, which finished 13th at Nationals, and there are still only two schools ranked in the Top 18 in Men's Rowing, Coed and Women's Sailing and Men's and Women's Squash:




maine colonial6/4/2017 11:49:02 AM

First up will be the GW M3V8 at 12:50 p.m. Eastern time. You can live-stream the race here: LINK

maine colonial6/4/2017 11:25:42 PM

GW's Men's Rowing team had a good day and finished ranked 15th in the country: LINK   RESULTS

The team is in pretty good company: LINK


maine colonial6/5/2017 6:46:55 AM

GW faced off against Stanford in two races yesterday and the Colonials prevailed in both. Here are the races from the Stanford perspective: LINK

maine colonial6/5/2017 7:52:15 AM

Here's a flashback to the 2014 IRA race that gave the GW Men's Varsity 8+ 14th place, the best in program history, which was tied yesterday. VIDEO

the dude6/5/2017 3:19:56 PM

Well done these dudes:


maine colonial6/6/2017 7:04:36 PM

If you would like to revisit how far the Rowing program has progressed since it was founded in 1956, check out the team's timeline: LINK


ziik the peasant6/6/2017 7:48:10 PM

CJS, a former board regular, is a former GW rower, and a former lawyer

Still a good guy, I am sure


maine colonial6/10/2017 9:20:41 AM

The sporting contests may be over but GW is pushing to be more competitve in engineering and the applied sciences. GW's School of Engineering and Applied Science just released six videos seeking to attract graduate students in the following research areas:

Computer Science

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

All six areas are featured in videos located in one playlist on YouTube: LINK



nj colonial6/10/2017 11:28:57 PM

Great news updates Maine C.!

maine colonial6/11/2017 10:42:21 PM

Here's a flashback to the opening of the Biomedical Engineering Department just two years ago. The program has designs on becoming one of the top 20 programs in the country within a matter of a handful of years: LINK

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maine colonial6/13/2017 8:56:51 PM

The Atlantic 10 announced Patrick Nero and VCU AD Ed McLaughlin were athletic directors of the year: LINK

maine colonial6/13/2017 9:03:22 PM

GW ranked second to Harvard in a list of the Top 10 most politically active colleges: LINK

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