With the start of the 2017-18 academic year, we marked the 85th anniversary of the founding of Lawrence Technological University. On September 6, 1932, Lawrence Institute of Technology opened with the first class of several hundred students.
It is hard to imagine a less promising time to launch a new enterprise. During what historians generally agree were the bleakest months of the worst economic year of the Great Depression, LTU founder Russell Lawrence, supported by close members of his family and a band of stalwart faculty, bravely faced the future.
Russell’s rare formula that included evening classes for working students and a hands-on, real world education that included both theory and practice soon captured the imagination of hundreds, and then thousands more.
In the 85 years since, nearly 40,000 men and women have graduated from Lawrence Tech. We’re proud that so many have achieved so much success in their professions and communities. Over the years, alumni-led companies and organizations have provided a livelihood for millions of people both in this country and abroad.
Our Proud Heritage, Bold Future campaign, which successfully concluded in 2016, celebrated the university’s storied past while funding the capital and academic needs to support increasing enrollment and advancing technologies. As we look towards our next major campaign, we continue to emphasize LTU’s impact on our communities—locally, nationally, and around the globe—and explore new ways Blue Devils can make a difference.
Your support is crucial to our success. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about how your investment today will help us address both the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Together, we can build on the legacy of Russell Lawrence and honor his vision for this great institution.
Virinder K. Moudgil
President and CEO