Academy Lays Foundations for CCLD
July 19, 2013

Demolition of old areas in Arnold Hall to make way for the new Center for Character and Leadership Development is complete, and now construction workers are laying down foundations for the $37 million facility to be able to begin work on the structure's skylight tower this fall. Read more about construction progress in the Academy Spirit.

The Endowment would like to thank all of those who so generously donated. Your contributions helped make this project a reality, benefiting the future generations of leaders that will pass through its halls.

For more information on how you can help support the Academy, please contact the Endowment at (719) 472-0300, ext 200.





Academy Breaks Ground for the New Center for Character and Leadership Development
October 19, 2012

On October 19, 2012, over 150 guests gathered at the U.S. Air Force Academy to witness a pivotal moment in the institution's mission of developing leaders of character for the nation—the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Character and Leadership. The Center, funded through the annual military construction budget and $12.5 million from private donors, is slated for completion in late 2014.

Donors, graduates, family and friends of the Academy joined Academy senior staff and leadership to celebrate this historic advancement for cadet character and leadership education. Lieutenant General Mike Gould '76, Superintendent, thanked the many individuals, staff, and organizations whose support made the construction of the new Center possible.

"We have all been looking forward to this day for quite some time," said General (Ret) Stephen R. Lorenz '73, President and CEO of the USAFA Endowment. "The only moment I can imagine that will surpass today's excitement is when we meet again at this site for the ribbon cutting ceremony, opening up this amazing facility's doors to our Academy's cadets."

The Endowment would like to thank all of those who so generously donated. Your contributions helped make this project a reality, benefiting the future generations of leaders that will pass through its halls. You are vital to our mission of providing transformative private support for the Academy—we look forward to seeing you again in 2014!

For more information on how you can help support the Academy, please contact the Endowment at (719) 472-0300, ext 200.



U.S. Air Force Academy receives $1.5 million gift for the new Center for Character and Leadership Development
April 30, 2012

The USAFA Endowment is pleased to announce the largest seven-figure commitment from a corporation to the Air Force Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development in the institution's history.

On behalf of the Boeing Company, Mr. Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, has committed $1.5 million toward the construction of the new Center at the Academy, in honor of the company's founder, Mr. William Boeing. Boeing is one of the world's leading aerospace companies and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined.

"We at Boeing are proud to be a part of this exciting project and to honor Bill Boeing's legacy," said Muilenburg. "He exemplified excellence in modern aviation and in his lifelong support of our nation's armed forces. Bill set the standard — he led with vision and innovation, constant in his personal commitment to the values of fairness, service, excellence, and integrity in every detail — values Boeing continues to embrace as we serve our customers today."

With Boeing's addition of $1.5 million to the more than $5 million commitment from the McDonnell family last year, these combined gifts comprise over 50 percent of the initial $12 million fundraising goal for the development of the new facility.

"We are incredibly honored to receive this generous gift," said Lieutenant General Mike Gould, USAFA '76, Academy Superintendent. "It will have a profound, positive impact at the Academy — helping advance our core mission of producing leaders of character for our Air Force and nation."

Retired General Stephen Lorenz, USAFA '73, President and CEO of the USAFA Endowment, added: "As a pioneer in the aerospace industry, Mr. William Boeing understood the vital importance of character-driven leadership in challenging times. I am touched by The Boeing Company's generosity and willingness to join us in helping the Academy establish the premier venue for character and leadership development in the country."

"The Air Force Academy is leading the way for other universities in our nation because they believe character and leadership development are as important as academic knowledge," said Muilenburg. "With the new Center for Character and Leadership Development, the Academy is poised to elevate character education to an entirely new level."

The Center for Character and Leadership Development will be the first organization of its kind in the United States — the focal point for the total integration of character and leadership development into all aspects of the Academy experience. Under the guidance of nationally recognized scholars, the Center will conduct sophisticated research and develop best practices to spearhead advancements in the field. When complete in 2013, the new Center is poised to become the intellectual and physical nexus for national character and leadership dialogue in the 21st century.

For more information on the Center for Character and Leadership Development, please contact:

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment
3116 Academy Drive
USAFA, CO 80840
(719) 472-0300, ext. 200



U.S. Air Force Academy receives $3.5 million gift for Character and Leadership Development
February 23, 2012

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Air Force Academy, a $3.5 million gift from the Perot Foundation, in support of the General James R. Risner Senior Military Scholar at the Academy’s new Center for Character and Leadership Development.

The Perot Foundation, founded by H. Ross Perot, supports numerous philanthropic activities and causes, especially those related to advocacy on behalf of American military service members. Through the Perot Foundation, funds have helped wounded soldiers and sponsored medical research into illnesses associated with Operation Desert Storm.

This major donation reflects Mr. Perot’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian ideals, military and civic service, and pioneering innovation. Mr. Perot graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953, and then served for four years at sea. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1957, he joined IBM as a salesman. He later founded Electronic Data Systems, one of the world’s largest technology services firms, in 1962, and Perot Systems in 1988. Mr. Perot has been recognized multiple times for his military advocacy, most recently receiving an award in 2009 from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in appreciation of his more than 40 years of support for the American military.

“General Risner is among the greatest men I have ever known. He epitomizes courage, patriotic devotion, and endurance,” says Mr. Perot. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to share his legacy with future generations of Air Force leaders and present his example to each new cadet. The Risner Award and the Risner statue are both established at the Academy; this tradition now continues with this gift in support of the Senior Military Scholar.”

Academy officials hail the gift as a vital development in their initiative for the Center. “We are honored and grateful to receive such an important gift from someone who has distinguished himself through a life of service as a business leader, philanthropist and veterans advocate,” says Lieutenant General Michael Gould, USAFA ’76 and Superintendent of the Academy. “Mr. Perot’s contributions exemplify the spirit of our Academy and our Center for Character and Leadership Development, helping to launch a new era in our mission to develop leaders of character for our nation.”

The new Center will act as the focal point for the total integration of character and leadership development into all aspects of the cadet experience at the Academy. The Center’s Senior Military Scholar will conduct research to advance the understanding, study and practice of the profession of arms, advise senior Academy leadership on the subject, and lead seminars, curriculum development, and classroom activities at the Academy.

General (Retired) Steve Lorenz, USAFA ’73 and President of the Endowment, shared his thoughts on the gift: “This marks a significant milestone in the growing culture of private support at the Academy. The Perot Foundation has ensured that the Academy’s cadets will have access to the top thinkers and innovators in their field, a commitment made even more meaningful by Mr. Perot’s unique understanding of the Academy’s mission and his deep appreciation for the contributions and sacrifices that our graduates will make in service to our nation.”

For more information on the Center for Character and Leadership Development, please contact:

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment
3116 Academy Drive
USAFA, CO 80840
(719) 472-0300, ext. 200



$1.5 MILLION GIFT FOR CCLD
December 21, 2011

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to announce, on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the first seven-figure commitment from a corporation to the Center for Character and Leadership Development. Lockheed Martin, an American global security company and one of the world's largest defense contractors, recently committed $1 million towards the construction of the new facility.

The new Center for Character and Leadership Development will be the first organization of its kind in the United States — the focal point for the total integration of character and leadership development into all aspects of the Academy experience. Under the guidance of nationally recognized scholars, the Center will conduct sophisticated research and develop best practices to spearhead advancements in the field. When complete, the new Center is poised to become the intellectual and physical nexus for national character and leadership dialogue in the 21st century.

"This Center is the right response at the right time to address the complex challenges facing our current generation of cadets as they prepare to lead in the modern profession of arms," says retired Lt. Gen. Ervin J. Rokke, USAFA '62, and Senior Scholar at the Center for Character and Leadership Development. "We are honored to receive such a generous gift in support of one of the Academy's top priorities, from a partner who shares a longstanding dedication to fostering innovation and leadership in national defense."

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

"This gift marks a significant milestone in the growing culture of private support at the Academy," says retired Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz, USAFA '73, President and CEO of the USAFA Endowment. "Lockheed Martin has provided the first seven-figure commitment from a corporation to the new Center, a contribution made even more meaningful by their unique understanding of the rigors of military service and the Academy's mission of developing leaders of character for our nation."



U.S. Air Force Academy receives largest gift for Character and Leadership Development in school history
July 26, 2011

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Air Force Academy, the largest single gift for character and leadership development in the institution’s history.

Mr. Sanford “Sandy” McDonnell and members of the McDonnell family have committed $5 million towards the construction of the new Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Academy.

Academy officials hale the $5 million commitment as a pivotal point in the development of the new facility. “We are delighted to receive such a transformative gift; it is truly a game-changing commitment at this critical moment in our institution’s history,” says Lieutenant General Michael Gould, Superintendent of the Academy. “This Center marks a new era in our mission of developing leaders of character for our nation—one devoted to a perfect balance of excellence in body, mind and spirit, and grounded in the Academy’s core values.”

This major donation honors Sandy McDonnell, whose lifelong dedication to character education inspired the gift. Mr. McDonnell was chairman and chief executive officer of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation for seven years, and served the company for a total of 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and holds degrees from Princeton University, the University of Colorado, and Washington University. He is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Character Education Partnership in Washington, DC, and chairman of CHARACTERplus, a public school character education initiative in the St. Louis Region.

“We are proud to be part of this exciting project, and to honor Sandy,” says John F. McDonnell, former CEO of McDonnell Douglas and a current Director of the Boeing Company. “We laud him for his unwavering dedication and perseverance in his lifelong pursuit of making America a nation of character.”

General (Retired) Steve Lorenz, President of the Endowment, shared his thoughts on the recent gift: “I am moved by the McDonnell family’s thoughtful support and generosity. As a pioneer and longtime leader in the aerospace industry, Sandy understands the complex challenges that face each successive generation of newly commissioned officers at the Academy. His willingness to lead our efforts ensures that our graduates are prepared as leaders of character for our nation.”

The gift was additionally motivated by the service of Sandy McDonnell’s grandson, Captain William Sanford MacVittie, Class of 2006. Captain MacVittie recently completed his third deployment, having flown 124 combat missions in the C-17 Globemaster III.

“The Air Force Academy is leading the way for other universities in our nation because they believe character development is as important as academic knowledge,” says Mr. McDonnell. “With the new Center for Character and Leadership, the Academy is poised to elevate character education to an entirely new level.”

The Center for Character and Leadership Development will be the first organization of its kind in the United States—the focal point for the total integration of character and leadership development into all aspects of the Academy experience. Under the guidance of nationally recognized scholars, the Center will conduct sophisticated research and develop best practices to spearhead advancements in the field. When complete, the new Center is poised to become the intellectual and physical nexus for national character and leadership dialogue in the 21st century.



$1.5 MILLION GIFT FOR CCLD
May 4, 2011

The United States Air Force Academy Endowment is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Air Force Academy, a major gift in support of one of the Academy's top-priority projects. Mr. Sanford "Sandy" McDonnell and his wife Priscilla have committed $1.5 million towards the construction of the new Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Mr. McDonnell was chairman and chief executive officer of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation for seven years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and holds degrees from Princeton University, the University of Colorado, and Washington University. He is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Character Education Partnership, and a chairman of CHARACTERplus, a public school character education program. Mr. McDonnell's grandson is a 2006 graduate of the Academy, currently serving as a C-17 pilot.








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