Moving Forward


In 2007, the University of New England launched an ambitious ten-year strategic plan under the leadership of President Danielle N. Ripich, PhD. Vision 2017 was simple but bold: The University of New England will be nationally recognized with programs of excellence and innovation in health professions and the arts and sciences.

We invite you to partner with us as the 2017 benchmark comes into view. Our collective investment will celebrate an astonishing period of growth in UNE’s history, and secure the foundation for 2018 and beyond.

* as of January 31, 2015, includes $1.8 million in unrestricted giving

I’ve been proudly affiliated with this University for many years—as a trustee, an honorary alumnus, a donor and now the chair of the Campaign Steering Committee. Even with my long-standing relationship, I’m amazed to see how much has happened, and how quickly!

The last seven years since Danielle Ripich became president have been particularly fast-paced. It’s almost like those timelines you see of natural history—eons of troglodytes and dinosaurs and then a small blip at the end that is human history. And while UNE is not eons old, its mission has always focused on improving the human condition through education, and much of what UNE is today is the result of the incredible vision of Dr. Ripich and the incredible support that has helped make the realization of that vision possible.

We set out to build a great university and have come a long way, thanks to many generous donors over the past several years. It is thanks to their support that we are confident in announcing a campaign goal of $60 million!

In our campaign edition of the UNE Magazine, we share with you some of the stories that tell the true tale of UNE and the true purpose of this campaign: the students.

These stories will tell you about how much they love this PLACE. They will tell you about the INNOVATION that makes their education so special. They will tell you about the incredible OPPORTUNITY they have been offered to transform their lives through education. In fact—those are the three themes of UNE Moving Forward: PLACE, INNOVATION and OPPORTUNITY. Please join me in celebrating this incredible institution by reading these stories and continuing your support.

Robert E. McAfee, MD, HON ’94, Campaign Committee Chair


Leadership giving

Since 2009, UNE has quietly been securing lead gifts and accumulating Annual Fund contributions. As we enter the public phase of the UNE Moving Forward Campaign, please join us in recognizing the following individuals and organizations whose milestone contributions in support of the University’s initiatives are already making a significant impact on the lives of our students.


* Deceased


Ways of Giving

All gifts made or pledged to the University of New England made by May 31, 2017 will help us reach our $60 million fundraising goal.


Annual Fund Gifts

support scholarship, academic enrichment opportunities, student life programs, facilities, sports and recreation, student and faculty research and much more.

Endowment Gifts

provide lasting support for the university through scholarships, professorships, student research and a range of other opportunities.

Capital Gifts

fund the construction and renovation of the places where learning happens at UNE. There are numerous naming opportunities for projects throughout this campaign to help fund the buildings and equipment that will provide our students with a state-of-the-art education.

Planned Gifts

allow you to support UNE through your will, charitable trust, or estate plan. We would be honored to help you make UNE a part of your lasting legacy.


SHARING THE UNE STORY enriches our community, strengthens our shared experiences, and builds momentum as we move forward. Help us spread the word by sharing your stories at



Campaign Committee


  • Robert E. McAfee, MD, HON ’94
    Campaign Committee Chair
  • Josephine H. Detmer, HON ’06
    Honorary Campaign Steering Committee
  • Wilma Parker Redman ’41, HON ’92, ’02
    Honorary Campaign Steering Committee
  • David L. Anderson, PhD
  • Ann Butterworth ’77, ’81
  • Donna Litchfield Cheney ’62
  • Mark Doiron
  • Sandra L. Goolden
  • Kathryne A. Leonard, DO ’86
  • Robert Leonard, Jr., DO ’86
  • Mark Malone
  •  Eleanor Manning Morrell ’49
  • Danielle N. Ripich, PhD
  • Barry C. Saltz, DDS
  • Joseph J. Valenza ’68, PhD


For more information, please contact:
The Office for Institutional Advancement
(207) 221-4373