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Chillicothe Campus Campaign Chair Bob Gallagher speaking at the event.

Photographer: Jack Jeffery

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Luncheon event sets tone for Promise Lives campaign on Chillicothe Campus


A recent luncheon in the Shoemaker Center helped to kick off the Chillicothe Campus’ portion of the Ohio University The Promise Lives capital campaign.

“Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Ohio University-Chillicothe, where the Promise Lives” was the theme of the local event, which engaged approximately 80 individuals, including alumni and friends of the campus, as well as Chillicothe Campus and University members.

“The current capital campaign the University has undertaken has a simple goal in terms of the Chillicothe Campus,” Chillicothe Dean Dean Martin Tuck noted in opening remarks. “The funds raised in this endeavor will help to ensure that future students have the same quality education at an affordable price as pursued by previous and current students. In this way, we can continue to prepare area residents for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.”

Tuck noted that, while change is a constant on a university campus, the Chillicothe Campus continues with the same sense of purpose as when it was founded as the first regional campus in the state in 1946.

“I want to assure you that the core values that have distinguished this campus for 66 years remain intact,” Tuck said. “Serving our students and serving our region -- since Ohio University Chillicothe’s founding as the first regional campus in the state, that phrase has defined our mission in both long-term planning and daily actions. In all that we do, that mission is emphasized by preparing students for lives of significance, and we encourage our students to ‘pay forward’ and use the skills they acquire during their college careers to impact others.”

“That same spirit has been a compass by which many of you have led your lives. I would like to think that your experience on this campus has influenced you in that regard,” the dean added. “The real value of an Ohio University-Chillicothe is measured in how we impact the quality of life for area residents.”

Tuck explained that the main thrusts of the Chillicothe Campus portion of the capital campaign are support of scholarships and the development of an Academic Achievement Center, which will bridge, both figuratively and literally, academic and student services areas in Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, while integrating technical services. The two projects will help to ensure that the Chillicothe Campus continues to offer students a well-rounded educational experience that is attainable and positions students for success during their college careers and beyond.

Chillicothe Campus Campaign Chair Bob Gallagher echoed the dean’s sentiments, noting that the Chillicothe Campus continues to serve as a place of opportunity, where area residents can pursue their ambitions by attaining a quality education at an affordable price.

“As the people in this room realize, Ohio University-Chillicothe is all about helping people from this region get a start to realize their potential and fulfill their promise,” Gallagher said. “As a former regional campus student, I can relate to the experiences of a young person who is coming out of high school and not knowing what he wants to do but knowing he does not want to throw away money trying to figure it out.”

As Gallagher noted, supporting the Chillicothe Campus represents an investment in the region.

“Most of the students at Ohio University Chillicothe are from this area and, many will eventually return to this region to become contributing members of their communities,” Gallagher pointed out. “So, you see, when we invest in Ohio University Chillicothe, we are really investing in our own region and upholding the qualities that distinguish this very special place. The success of this campaign captures the spirit of this region by helping to make sure that the promise continues to live for future generations.”

Ohio University Vice President for Advancement J. Bryan Benchoff also spoke about how the Campus' campaign is an important part of the $450 million, University-wide capital campaign that will help to ensure that students continue to receive a quality OHIO education.

"An advantage of attending the Chillicothe Campus is the opportunity to stay close to home -- and to be a part of the future of our region -- while earning a degree from a nationally known and respected university," he said.

Besides Gallagher, other members of the Chillicothe Campus campaign committee are Marilyn Carnes, Wayne Holland, Jean Kerney, Rick Marriott, Tim Colburn, Linda Madison, Sharon Manson, Sue Schwartz, Beth Tilley, Tom Brown and Joyce Zurmehly.