Jim Collins, president of Loras College, announced that an anonymous donor has offered a $250,000 challenge gift in honor of the Rev. Msgr. James Barta, a 1952 alumnus, and his commitment to service, community, church, and Loras. The Monsignor Barta Challenge will match dollar for dollar every new or increased gift received this fiscal over last (fiscal year runs June 1-May 31).
All donations go toward the Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign goal of $100 million. Launched October 10, 2013, it’s the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s 177-year history.
Barta began teaching at Loras College in 1961 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1974. While continuing to teach, Barta was named academic dean in 1977 and became the President of Loras College in 1987. In 1994, the Archbishop appointed Barta regional vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and he was named vicar general in 1999. He has since retired the position of vicar general and serves as vice chancellor on the Loras College Board of Regents.
In addition to raising funds to support student aid, the Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign seeks to fund student and faculty programs, the endowment and capital improvements.