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Virginia Tech Financial Report 2021-2022 Message from the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

The Virginia Tech community returned to campus for the fall 2021 semester with a prevailing sense of optimism, eager to participate in the many facets of university life and to collectively celebrate the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding. Despite lingering uncertainty over the post-COVID economic environment, most no tably a surge in inflation, the university concluded fiscal year 2022 (FY22) financially stronger and well-positioned to shape the future as a leading global research institution. Growth across several revenue streams enabled the university to successfully navigate the unpredictable pandemic impacts on the higher education landscape. Demand for a Virginia Tech education

and the remaining $26.8 million of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations act Grant (HEERF II) and American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) funds to assist with lost revenues caused by the disruption of on-campus operations, outreach to financial aid applicants, and implementation of evidence-based practices to sup press spread of the coronavirus. Momentum continued to accelerate in private philanthropy with the university’s Advancement Division surpassing the $1 billion threshold as part of the Boundless Impact fundraising campaign. Launched in 2019, the campaign set an original fundraising goal to raise $1.5 billion by June 30, 2027. Due to an overwhelming re

remains robust and continues to grow, despite national declines in higher ed ucation enrollment. The university’s comprehensive approach to engage prospective students yielded over 42,000 applications for fall 2021 – an increase of 36 percent over the prior year. Overall enrollment totaled 37,903 students during the 2021-22 academic year creating the largest enrollment in university history. In addition, the university continued to make progress towards its commitment to increase diversity as defined in its Advancing Beyond Boundaries strategic plan; 39.1

sponse from donors, the Boundless Impact target was increased to $1.872 billion, a figure which alludes to the year of Virginia Tech’s founding. The university achieved another significant philanthropic milestone as alumni giv ing participation reached 22 percent, a goal originally set during the 2016 State of the University Address and an Advancing Beyond Boundaries strategic milestone. The combined total of new gifts and commitments for FY22 was $268.5 million. Donations to support specific initiatives include $12.5 mil lion by Northrop Grumman to create

Christopher H. Kiwus Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

percent of incoming first-time-in-college and transfer students were from underrepresented minority (URM) or underserved student (USS) populations, putting the university on the brink of reaching its target of 40 percent URM/USS representation in the entering class of 2022. Fueled by a resurgence in consumer demand and substantial feder al support, Virginia’s economy weathered the initial shock of the COVID-19 induced shutdown and quickly rebounded. With higher than anticipated revenue collections, the Virginia General Assembly made significant investments to sustain operations and affordability across the higher education sector in FY22. The university received $337.2 million in general fund appropriations from the common wealth for its academic division, cooperative extension and agricul tural experiment station division, student financial aid assistance, research, and the Corps of Cadets program in FY22; an increase of $25.9 million over the prior year’s state appropriation. The university benefited from federal and state pass-through pan demic relief funds. During the August 2021 special session, the General Assembly provided an additional $7.4 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Recovery Funds to the university for need-based financial aid. These funds supplement ed an earlier one-time allocation of $841,600 from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to be allocated to Virgin ia resident undergraduates with demonstrated financial need. Final ly, the university allocated $24.8 million of its American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) allocation to support emergency student financial aid,

a Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development at the Innovation Campus and a $35 million gift from an alumnus and his spouse (in addition to funds received from the commonwealth mentioned below) to advance the replacement of the College of En gineering’s Randolph Hall with the new building to be known as Mitchell Hall. The value of the Virginia Tech Foundation's endowed assets totaled $1.68 billion as of June 30, 2022, down slightly from the fiscal year 2021 total of $1.69 billion. The total sustained a long standing university goal of doubling its endowment to $1.6 billion by 2022. Although the endowment experienced negative earnings with a loss of 3.5 percent for the year, it significantly outperformed its benchmark return of -15.7 percent. Over the last twenty years, the endowment has outperformed its benchmark return over the trailing one, three, five, ten, and twenty-year periods. Continued strong philanthropy and solid endowment performance add flexible financial resources for university initiatives and expand financial aid resources to students. While maintaining financial stability in an unpredictable environ ment remained an overriding priority, Virginia Tech, in partnership with the commonwealth, also continued to expand opportunities for learning, research, and discovery. • Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) researchers continued groundbreaking transdisciplinary work advancing innovation and commercialization of cybersecurity technologies, including exploration of the implications of quantum networks on cyber security. CCI researchers also collaborated with Software Radio


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