Bob Dole to Chair Bennett College Fund-Raising Campaign

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Bob Dole to Chair Bennett College Fund-Raising Campaign


Former U.S. Sen. Robert J. Dole and the historically Black women's college Bennett might appear to be an unlikely pair. Yet, the two have joined forces recently for an ambitious fund-raising endeavor.

The former presidential candidate will serve as chairman of the school's $50 million "Revitalizing Bennett Campaign," in hopes of recruiting a prestigious committee of leaders from the corporate, academic and philanthropic sectors to raise funds for student scholarships, faculty recruitment and development, and deferred physical plant needs. Dole and Bennett College president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole announced the campaign last month during a press conference in Washington.

"Bennett College for Women is part of the historical landscape of this country and has been a vital source for educating women of color since 1926," Dole said in a statement from the school. "My wife, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, is vitally interested in the well-being of Bennett College and all of the HBCUs in the state of North Carolina and throughout the nation. We have been extremely heartened by the outpouring of support that Bennett has received over the past 12 months. I look forward to working with my fellow campaign committee members in helping Bennett complete its transformation and recapture its vibrancy and competitive edge. …

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