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Each college and regional campus as well as primary units worked to identify specific priorities and needs that are targeted for funding through the Campaign.

Photo courtesy of: University Advancement

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Four transformational gifts already have been received during the Campaign’s quiet phase.

Photo courtesy of: University Advancement

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University Advancement enters final phase of The Promise Lives Campaign for Ohio University during Spring Alumni Weekend


Ohio University entered the final phase of The Promise Lives Campaign during the OHIO Alumni Association's Spring Alumni Weekend, April 13-15, in Athens. This $450 million effort already has raised more than $385 million in support of students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities.

The Campaign is focused on providing key resources to support our priorities of program excellence, increasing access to an Ohio University education, caring for our infrastructure and securing our future as a place of promise for students in generations to come, said President Roderick J. McDavis.

"Ohio University is embracing this opportunity to reflect on where we are now and where we want to be 30, 50, 100 years from now. With a more than 208 year-old legacy as Ohio's first university, we are poised to provide the nation's best transformative learning experience for our students—one that transforms the lives of students who effect change for our state, our nation and our world. Simply put, this Campaign seeks to secure Ohio University's place among the nation's most prominent universities," he said.

Each college and regional campus as well as primary units worked to identify specific priorities and needs that are targeted for funding through the Campaign, said Bryan Benchoff, vice president of University Advancement and president and chief executive officer of The Ohio University Foundation.

"The Promise Lives Campaign is the boldest fundraising effort in the University's history," said Benchoff. "With a goal of $450 million, OHIO will secure this essential private support to advance its outstanding academic and research initiatives, student life experience, campus environment and other objectives based on OHIO's core principles and most notable strengths."

Four transformational gifts already have been received during the Campaign's quiet phase:

  • $114 million gift toward the Campaign (total gift amount: $124 million) from Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ, for student scholarships and leadership; research in transportation infrastructure, energy and the environment, and bioengineering; and faculty support

  • $105 million gift to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, for an extension campus in central Ohio; student scholarships; expanded diabetes and musculoskeletal/neurological research; and community health programs

  • $41 million commitment by Violet L. Patton, a 1938 College of Education alumna and a 2011 Doctor of Humane Letters, to name The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and to establish the Violet L. Patton Center for Arts Education. Her gift will also support the college's students, faculty, programs and facilities

  • $15 million gift from the Scripps Howard Foundation for the Scripps College of Communication to support student scholarships, faculty and programs

University and individual college and unit goals can be viewed on The Promise Lives Campaign website, which launched along with the campaign video during Spring Alumni Weekend.