Steering a steady campaign course

Now, as throughout the Michigan Difference campaign, members of the Law School’s Campaign Steering Committee are leading by example.

The most recent gifts come from the committee’s chairman, Bruce Bickner, ’68, and committee member Bill Bogaard, ’65. The new commitments move the building expansion and renovation project a total of $2 million closer to the planned 2009 groundbreaking.

The volunteer committee of alumni fundraisers met Saturday in Ann Arbor with Dean Evan Caminker to strategize about raising the remaining $9.4 million needed to break ground.

Bickner’s new commitment of $1 million, made with his wife, Joan, brings the couple’s campaign giving to $3 million. The Bickners’ previous campaign gift of $2 million was split between the Law School and the Division of Kinesiology and supported the first fully endowed professorship in Kinesiology as well as the Law facilities project.

As key campaign volunteers, the Bickners have been equally generous with their time. Bruce Bickner has served as the Law School’s campaign steering committee chair since 2003, prior to the public launch of the campaign in 2004. Joan Bickner serves on Kinesiology’s campaign council. Both are active volunteers for the University in the Chicago area.

In recognition, the Bickners were honored in 2007 as recipients of the David B. Hermelin Award, the University’s highest accolade for volunteer fundraising leadership.

Bogaard’s new commitment of $1 million to the building fund, made with his wife, Claire, is the couple’s second leadership gift to the project and brings their total campaign giving to $2.3 million. The Bogaards are also supporting scholarships, the Urban Communities Clinic, and the Law School Fund. Bill Bogaard, mayor of Pasadena, California, is an active volunteer for the University and the Law School on the West Coast.

Bogaard was honored Friday as a Hermelin Award recipient for 2008 as part of the University’s campaign finale convocation.