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St. Xavier High School announces ‘ambitious’ $51M campaign

School has already secured $39M in gifts and pledges
A rendering of the Sangalli Interactive Learning Center on St. Xavier High School’s campus.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — St. Xavier High School alumnus and campaign chair Gary Ulmer announced Monday the public phase of the X Effect Campaign, a $51 million effort to support the school’s key priorities:

  • Expand endowment for academic opportunity and excellence – $12 million
    • Expand the number of need-based scholarships
    • Meet 100 percent of demonstrated student financial need
    • Support faculty excellence
    • Find unique ways to attract a more diverse student population
  • Renovate the Callahan Media Center and build a new Interactive Learning Center – $7 million
    • Provide the most modern and unique academic facility where students and faculty can collaborate
    • Utilize large open common areas – with spaces ranging from casual work areas to formal workspaces – where students can engage with each other
    • Honor Saint Xavier’s beloved president of 18 years by naming the new center for Dr. Perry E. Sangalli
  • Grow annual support and planned gifts – $32 million
    • Increase participation in the Saint Francis Xavier Society and fully develop the Men of Excellence program for those students demonstrating the greatest need
    • Work with loyal friends to establish bequests that will transform the school’s endowed scholarship program

“This campaign is titled the ‘X Effect’ because we believe that a Saint Xavier High School education has limitless impacts on our students, our families, our community and our world,” Ulmer said. “This is, by far, our most ambitious campaign effort to date. It gives me great pleasure to announce that our dedicated campaign team has already secured $39 million in gifts and pledges.”

“This campaign supports our aspirations to ensure the St. X experience is accessible to all and to enhance our campus grounds,” said Kevin Smith, St. X board chairman.

Nearly 1,300 students attend St. X.

“Our teachers’ expectations are pretty high,” explained Jeffrey Sexton, a St. X senior planning to attend Princeton in the fall. “We know we need to work hard to reach our own potential and to honor everyone who made it possible for us to be here.”

In an update to Monday morning’s capital campaign announcement, St. X leaders will inform gathered supporters Monday evening that the new Interactive Learning Center will be named for Dr. Perry E. Sangalli, the school’s president for 18 years before his death earlier this year.

“I am personally proud that we will also be able to honor Dr. Sangalli, who so positively impacted thousands of students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff,” Smith said.