For today’s college student, the world is brimming with possibilities and challenges. There is endless possibility—and need—to understand and embrace a world of intercultural and international connections; to discover and cultivate one’s own intellectual passions and professional expertise; and to realize and accept the responsibility of every individual for the well-being of our communities, our nation, and our world.
The vision of engaged learning is becoming a reality at Defiance College. Continued and increased support is essential for the College to realize its goal that every student who enters the College has an opportunity for a life-changing experience of academic and personal growth. As a deliberately small, vision-driven school with an extraordinarily dedicated faculty, Defiance College is uniquely positioned to realize this goal. With the partnership of supporters committed to investing in the College, its vision, and the future our students can help to shape, the possibilities are endless.
The opportunity exists for Defiance College to undergo a transformation. To transform not the purpose or culture of the institution, which remains constant, but the scope of what this College can and should achieve. In order for the College to realize its vision, Defiance must increase significantly its level of private support. By doing so, Defiance will have the resources necessary to implement the master plan for facilities, meet the demands of its academic programs both existing and future, respond quickly to new opportunities, and support qualified and motivated students in need of scholarship assistance.
Defiance College has played a major role in my life since I was a student athlete here in the mid-1960s. The College helped me prepare for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life, and I remain grateful for that education. That is why I am proud to chair The Transforming Difference: A Campaign to Defy the Ordinary.
I hope you’ll see how you can be part of the transforming difference envisioned for this College. With your encouragement and financial support, we can transform our goals into reality.
George M. Smart, Class of 1967
Trustee and Chairman,
The Transforming Difference: A Campaign to Defy the Ordinary
Chairman of the Board, FirstEnergy Corporation