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Why Support Muskingum?

Muskie accomplishments—in the business world, the academic and athletic arenas, and in outer space—would be impressive even for a much larger institution. But for a college of Muskingum’s size, these achievements are unprecedented.

Muskies outperform in business.

  • Two Muskingum alumni have earned a place on Harvard Business Review’s list of the 20th century’s greatest world business leaders. To put that in perspective:
  • Fewer than 5 percent of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities have even one alumnus on the list.
  • Fewer than 2 percent have more than one.
  • Among schools of comparable size (enrollment less than 2,000), only five have more than one alumnus on the list. That places Muskingum among just 0.1 percent. A very short list.
  • Successful Muskies include:
    • CEO, Ford Motor Company
    • CEO, Champion Enterprises
    • CEO, Goodyear Tire
    • Founding Chair and CEO, World’s Largest Securities Depository
    • Senior Managing Director, Lehman Brothers
    • First woman to head a major public utility
    • Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Business News

Muskies inspire.

  • Astronaut and national hero U.S. Senator John Glenn is a Muskie. The first American to orbit the Earth and the third American in space, Glenn has been awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Muskies set records.

  • Muskingum boasts the only coach in NCAA Division III history to win 900 games in a single sport and be named coach of the year in two sports.

Muskies have the vision and foresight to succeed when others stumble.

At a time when many colleges and universities are struggling financially, Muskingum has boosted enrollment, added programs and facilities, held the line on tuition after an unprecedented 30-percent tuition cut 15 years ago—and remained virtually debt-free.

  • Muskingum is top-ranked for fiscal fitness, scoring 115 percent above the national average on four key financial ratios. Among “like” institutions, Muskingum ranks in the top 25, or top 3 percent, for fiscal health.
  • Muskingum is building for the future. Since 2004, Muskingum has invested over $60 million and added more than 80,000 square feet in five new facilities, without taking on any debt. The college has added more than 25 new majors and programs and increased enrollment by 66 percent.
  • Muskingum’s virtually debt-free status means that every penny of every gift to Muskingum is put to the best possible use: for students, faculty, and the Muskingum community as a whole.

The Office of Institutional Advancement also includes the departments of Alumni Relations and Public Relations.

Specific areas of responsibility within the division include capital, annual and planned-giving fund raising initiatives; gift processing, receipting and acknowledging for the university; media relations and news releases; creation and publication of key university publications including the undergraduate catalog, the annual Donor Report, the quarterly alumni electronic newsletter and others; sports information and alumni programming.

The Office of Institutional Advancement also assists in the planning and execution of campus-wide activities such as Homecoming in the fall and Alumni Weekend in the summer.

To learn more about the many ways you can support Muskingum, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 740-826-8130. For a directory of the advancement staff, click here.