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WVU Foundation wins top digital award from Acquia

The West Virginia University Foundation’s efforts to overhaul its online donation web pages have earned it a top national honor. 

Boston-based Acquia, a leading cloud platform for building, delivering and optimizing digital experiences, named the WVU Foundation one of its 2017 Engage Award recipients.  The web page redesign project, led by Foundation Senior Application Developer AJ Blosser, focused on improving the search and transactional experience for the donor. 

“Digital drives the customer experience. A great experience can win loyalty; a misfire can result in lost opportunity and revenue. The Acquia Engage Awards are a showcase of how intuitive user experience, great design and personalized content come together to deliver a winning experience,” said Joe Wykes, senior vice president of global channels and commerce at Acquia. “We congratulate the WVU Foundation and all of this year’s finalists and winners. This was by far the most competitive award program to date, and we’re proud to celebrate the collective results of your work.”

Acquia partners and customers submitted more than 200 nominations to this year’s award program across 17 categories. Eighty nominations that demonstrated an advanced level of visual design, functionality, integration and overall experience advanced to the finalist round, where an outside panel of experts selected the winning projects. Winners were announced during an award reception at the Acquia Engage Conference in Boston.

We are excited and honored to be selected by Acquia as an Engage Award winner,” said Mark Cottrill, WVU Foundation vice president for technology and facilities. “The award reflects the level of commitment, skill and experience of our entire technology staff, more specifically our application development group and AJ Blosser.  Digital does indeed drive our constituents’ experience. With AJ’s leadership and Acquia’s technology we will continue to make improvements in all of our digital platforms.”  

Charted in 1954, the WVU Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of those touched by West Virginia University by maximizing private charitable support and providing services to the University and its affiliated organizations.  The Foundation’s current comprehensive fundraising effort, "A State of Minds," has brought in $1.153 billion for the University and will end December 31. To donate, visit  

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