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Texas A&M-Kingsville capital campaign raises $114 million for university

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Javelina cheer team members help unveil the final amount.

Javelina cheer team members help unveil the final amount.

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(Kingsville, TX) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville officials have announced the end of the With You. Without Limits. The Campaign for Texas A&M University-Kingsville. which concluded with overwhelming success on Aug. 31, having raised $114,073,541 in support of the university.


The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation kicked off the comprehensive capital campaign in April 2018 with a goal to raise $100 million to support the University and its mission to enrich lives through education, discovery and service in South Texas and beyond. It surpassed that goal in January 2020, 20 months ahead of schedule.


"Campaigns like this are all about excellence. That's really what philanthropy is," Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Dr. Mark A. Hussey, said. "Philanthropy, to me is providing a margin of excellence so that we can attract and retain the best students, the best staff and the best faculty. And we do that through the gifts that we receive through the endowments that are put in place through the Foundation."


Campaign chair and Javelina alumnus Gene Dawson (‘82), president of Pape-Dawson Engineers in San Antonio, said that an additional benefit of the campaign was strengthening the Foundation’s alumni outreach.


“In addition to raising the money, we were able to make contact with most of our alumni and start the tradition of giving,” Dawson said. “Now, and in the future, we can look forward to more campaigns and more support for the university.”


Some of the funds received by the campaign are already at work enhancing Texas A&M University-Kingsville, updating buildings and labs on campus and adding to scholarship funds available for students through endowments.


Overall, the campaign received more than 6,000 gifts, with over 3,400 supporters making their first ever gift to the University. The donor that contributed most to the campaign was the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation which gave $22.7M to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.


The largest gift the campaign received was $19.5M in real estate and cash committed by an anonymous donor to the University’s renowned King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.


Interested in learning the many other avenues in which you can support students of Texas A&M-Kingsville? Whether it be time or talent, there’s always an opportunity to give back to our university! Please visit us at to learn how you can take part in this important mission and impact the lives of future Javelinas.

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