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Auburn campaign raises more than $500 million

AUBURN (AP) — Auburn University has met its capital campaign goal of $500 million, and then some.

The goal was surpassed and the campaign reached $504 million, thanks to a $5 million donation from Raymond and Kathryn Harbert of Birmingham.

"Auburn has always been known as a very, very good school. It will make us a great school," Sally Jones Hill, co-chair of the Auburn capital campaign, said Thursday.

The University of Alabama is also engaged in a $500 million capital campaign, due to end in 2009. According to spokeswoman Cathy Andreen, the Tuscaloosa school has raised $391 million as of the end of May.

Auburn's campaign raised funds for various university departments, libraries, museums, campus beautification and the school's Montgomery campus. The scheduled end for Auburn's campaign is March 31.

Bob McGinnis, Auburn's vice president for development, said that some of the goals in particular areas of the campaign will likely not be met.

"I would be ecstatic, but surprised, if every goal that was established, we met," McGinnis said.

"If we meet every goal, we didn't set the goals high enough."

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