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OHIO's Tri-Chairs

OHIO's Tri-Chairs: (from left) Howard Dewald, Kim Hayden and Samuel Crowl

Photographer: Ben Siegel

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The Promise Within: OHIO launches Faculty and Staff Campaign in support of the University’s top priorities


Ohio University has launched The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign, which is intended to demonstrate OHIO faculty and staff’s collective power, strength and belief in the mission and vision of Ohio University. 

Leading the charge for The Promise Within Campaign are three OHIO faculty and staff members who were selected to serve as tri-chairs: Trustee Professor of English Sam Crowl; Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Howard Dewald; and Executive Assistant in the Office of Regional Higher Education and eLearning Kim Hayden.

Combined, the tri-chairs share almost 100 years of experience at Ohio University and offer a unique vantage point on what philanthropic giving means to an institution of higher education.

“Working in an area that serves students, I have seen scholarships provide opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to achieve their educational goals,” said Hayden. When asked what drove her to give back to Ohio University, she answered simply, “seeing students accomplish their dreams.”

Crowl, who served as a co-chair for the faculty-staff portion of the Bicentennial Campaign, OHIO’s last major fundraising effort, also has seen first-hand the benefits that private giving has had on Ohio University. 

“Private gifts help support more student scholarships, more unique academic programs, more books for Alden Library, more research opportunities, more interaction between faculty and students – all elements of the academic experience that faculty and staff honor and support,” he said. 

“Our faculty, active and retired, are committed to Ohio University and are pleased to respond when a major capital campaign is organized,” Crowl said. “We realize that our gifts will not reach the monetary stature of those by the Stockers, Russes and Konnekers but they do demonstrate our confidence in the University where we have devoted our lives.”

During the Bicentennial Campaign, faculty and staff led the way – committing more than $10.7 million in support. During that Campaign, the University had an engagement rate of more than 66 percent across the institution. According to recent data, the outlook for The Promise Lives Campaign is on pace for record-setting engagement; some units on campus already have participation levels up to 78 percent. 

The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, which kicked-off last April and already has raised more than $419 million toward its $450 million goal.  

According to Vice President for University Advancement J. Bryan Benchoff, the goal of the Faculty & Staff Campaign is not only to increase awareness and engagement across the University, but to create what he called a “culture of philanthropy at Ohio University.” 

“In a nutshell, we want OHIO employees to know that their gifts – no matter the size or designation – make a tremendous difference in the lives of students and in their own unit’s ability to meet academic and research goals, ” he said.

The top priorities for Campaign include:


According to Dewald, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to philanthropic endeavors. "[Philanthropic support] can come in many forms - donating time, providing financial support and sharing expertise," he said. "It shows you are interested in the organization – and in this case – higher education."

Dewald also believes that faculty and staff should have a wide array of options, which this Campaign provides. “It is important for faculty and staff to support the University by giving to whatever interests them: student access, student success, special awards, collection enrichment, faculty and staff development, scholarly research and creative activity, special infrastructure desires, etc.”

To read about the ongoing contributions of OHIO faculty to this important initiative, please visit:  www.ohio.edu/campaign/faculty-staff

To make an immediate gift online, please visit:  www.ohio.edu/give

If you wish to initiate a payroll deduction, please use the following form: 
Payroll deduction form

If you prefer to make your gift over the phone or if you have questions while trying to make your gift, please contact the Division of Advancement at 800.592.3863, via email or by using their web form.

To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. If you wish to designate your gift to a certain area, please write that in the memo line of the check.

The mailing address is:

The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869