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Gifts to WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ campaign top $660 million

on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 08:00

<p>With more than two years still to go, donors have moved the <a href="">West Virginia University Foundation</a> 89 percent of the way to reaching its $750 million goal for <a href="">A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia&rsquo;s University.</a><br /><br />The Foundation announced today (July 24) that donors had contributed $668.7 million to the campaign through the fiscal year ended June 30. The campaign runs through December 2015.<br /><br />&ldquo;Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our alumni and friends, we are on track to exceed our goal,&rdquo; said Wayne King, Foundation president and CEO. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a very positive response since we launched the public phase of the campaign a year ago, and fully expect that to continue through the end of the campaign.&rdquo;<br /><br />Donations to the campaign include endowed scholarships and fellowships for students, professorships, financial support for new learning facilities, and enhancements for academic and athletic programs.<br /><br />Recent major gifts include a <a href="">$3.4 million donation from the estate of Dr. Pat Fehl</a> to the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences; <a href="">a significant donation to the Art Museum of WVU from emeritus professor of genetics Joginder Nath</a>; and <a href="">a large in-kind donation of music from Star Trek composer and alumnus Jay Chattaway.</a><br /><br />&quot;I am continuously overwhelmed by the pride and passion people have for our University, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,&quot; said WVU President Jim Clements. &quot;This campaign means so much to the future of WVU, and the support we have received thus far has been incredible. We have excellent faculty, staff, and students, and each gift helps us in some way pursue our goals as a flagship land-grant university.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;A State of Minds&quot; is the largest private fundraising campaign in WVU&#39;s history. The $750 million goal is three times larger than the previous &quot;Building Greatness&quot; campaign from 1998-2003.<br /><br />Fundraising focuses on six University-wide campaign priority areas that align with the University&rsquo;s <a href="">2020 Strategic Plan for the Future</a>:</p><ul><li>Enhance the undergraduate student experience and global education</li><li>Advance the research initiative of the University</li><li>Enable WVU to improve West Virginia&rsquo;s health, economy and quality of life</li><li>Foster faculty excellence</li><li>Enhance WVU through professional and graduate education</li><li>Support healthcare through research, education and patient care</li></ul><p>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 &ldquo;Buck&rdquo; Harless is the national campaign honorary chairman.<br /><br />A key component of this comprehensive campaign for WVU is the utilization of hundreds of volunteers. Along with a 23-member <a href="">national volunteer committee</a>, 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.<br /><br />Visit <a href=""></a> for information on how you can help support the campaign.</p>