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Donors contribute $569 million to WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ campaign through Sept. 30

on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 08:00

“A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University” is three-quarters of the way to reaching its $750 million goal.

The WVU Foundation says through September 30, 2012, alumni and friends of WVU contributed $569 million to the campaign that was started silently July 1, 2007, and launched publically June 2, 2012.

“To be three-quarters of the way to our goal with over three years remaining in the campaign speaks volumes to the passion and loyalty our donors have for their beloved University,” said Wayne King, WVU Foundation president and CEO. “We are off to a great start, and fully expect the momentum to continue.”

"A State of Minds" is the largest private fundraising campaign in WVU's history, and runs through December 2015. The $750 million goal is three times larger than the previous "Building Greatness" campaign from 1998-2003.

"I can't begin to describe the many heart-warming stories I've heard from students, faculty and staff about how gifts to WVU have changed their lives -- and the lives of others -- for the better," said WVU President Jim Clements. "Donors and friends of this University make it possible for us to attract top notch students, build new research centers and state-of-the-art labs, attract the best and brightest faculty members, and ultimately change and even save lives. I am deeply grateful to all who've invested in the future of our great University."

Fundraising is focusing on six University-wide campaign priority areas that align with the University’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future:

  • Enhance the undergraduate student experience and global education
  • Advance the research initiative of the University
  • Enable WVU to improve West Virginia’s health, economy and quality of life
  • Foster faculty excellence
  • Enhance WVU through professional and graduate education
  • Support healthcare through research, education and patient care

“People we talk to are excited about the direction of the University and excited about the campaign,” King added. “They understand the importance of private giving and seem eager to want to help.”

Major gifts announced since the campaign went public in June include a $1.5 million donation from Doug and Pam Van Scoy to the College of Business and Economics; a $250,000 gift from Greg and Carla Babe to State College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and B&E; and a number of contributions to the WVU Alumni Association to help retire its building debt, one of the association’s campaign priorities.

Chairman of Putnam Investments and 1974 alumnus Robert Reynolds and Cadrillion Capital President Verl Purdy, a 1964 WVU graduate, are the national campaign co-chairmen while James “Buck” Harless is the national campaign honorary chairman.

A key focus of this comprehensive campaign for WVU is the utilization of hundreds of volunteers. Along with a 23-member national volunteer committee, the campaign also has West Virginia and regional volunteer chairs. Each college and school has its own campaign committee with its chair also serving on the national committee.

Visit for information on how you can help support the campaign.