From our President

Our purpose at Christopher Newport University is to produce good citizens and leaders — young women and men determined to transform the world for the better.

CNU students are guided by the desire to pursue excellence in all things, a passion for engagement, and a moral compass to direct and define their lives. They learn that leadership is vision translated into action, and while some people dream of success, others wake up and work hard to achieve it. If you have a clear sense of who you are, what you believe and how you will live, you are able to accomplish extraordinary things. That’s what a life of significance is all about.

President Paul S. Trible

With Defining Significance, we set out to accomplish the extraordinary. In the past you have blessed us with your generosity in support of capital campaigns focused on specific projects. But our first comprehensive campaign was to be a game-changer. The rules were different — the bar was higher, the possibilities greater. We set out to change Christopher Newport forever. All gifts from all sources for all purposes counted toward our goal.

Together we identified five priorities critical to our mission: Scholarships, Faculty Excellence and Great Teaching, Programs of Distinction, the Alumni House, and Annual Giving and Unrestricted Support.

This campaign is but the latest chapter of dramatic transformation that has been a hallmark of Christopher Newport. Many more great things lie ahead.

We change the world one person at a time, and this campaign has been an incredible opportunity to define significance for generations to come. It was a watershed moment that will establish our young, vibrant university for the ages. The university people come to a hundred years from now will be the one we have shaped over the past five years. I cannot think of a more powerful reason to get up in the morning and go to school.

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Paul Trible
Christopher Newport University