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McDavis was the keynote speaker at the Promise Lives Campaign kick-off event held on the Herrold Hall lawn on Ohio University Lancaster Campus June 6.

Photographer: Cheri Russo

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Ohio University Lancaster - Pickerington holds Promise Lives Campaign kick-off event


Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis believes Ohio University Lancaster - Pickerington can exceed its $3.5 million fundraising goal by June 2015.

McDavis was the keynote speaker at the Promise Lives Campaign kick-off event held on the Herrold Hall lawn on Ohio University Lancaster Campus June 6.

“Unfortunately, the cost of higher education is going up, and as a result of that, our students need scholarship support,” said McDavis. “This campaign means we put this campus on solid footing. It means we can offer more education programs on this campus. It means more scholarships for students here. It means we increase access to Ohio University Lancaster.”

This is the largest fundraising campaign in the 56-year history of the Lancaster campus. The $3.5 million goal over three years will expand educational opportunities and spur business growth in Fairfield County.

“As of today, before we went public here, we have committed $1.8 million toward the $3.5 million goal,” announced Campaign Chair and Fairfield National Bank President Steve Wells.

The Promise Lives Campaign for the Lancaster Campus aims to expand access and opportunity for students to create well-trained workers and community leaders, enhance the academic experience by improving student support services and cultural arts opportunities, and improve and realign facilities to stimulate job growth and economic development in the region.

“We’re here because we believe in this promise that people can get their education and change their lives,” said Wells.

A key part of the campaign is to support student scholarships, which McDavis says is crucial during these economic times.

The Ohio Alumni Varsity Band performed at the launch event and energized the guests.

The Promise Lives: The Campaign for Ohio University Lancaster - Pickerington is part of a $450 million effort for Ohio University as a whole. McDavis said $399 million has already been raised.

For more information about the Campaign or to make a donation, visit www.ohio.edu/campaign.