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Jay Shubrook

OU-HCOM Associate Professor Jay Shubrook helps fill funding gaps for the Heritage Community Clinic.

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OHIO administrator and Honors Tutorial College alumna Patricia Davidson provides support for nontraditional students.

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OHIO Dean of Student Jenny Hall-Jones supports the OHIO Parents and Family Endowment through employee payroll deduction to help students in need.

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The Promise Lives Campaign grows to $426 million with the help of OHIO’s faculty and staff


This past March, OHIO launched The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign to demonstrate the collective strength of OHIO’s employees and to promote Ohio University as an institution that fosters what Vice President for Advancement J. Bryan Benchoff calls “a culture of philanthropy.”

In fiscal 2013, “1,519 OHIO employees gave back to the University, totaling more than $786,363 in support,” Benchoff said. “This powerful demonstration of faculty and staff dedication sends a clear message to alumni and friends of the commitment employees have to our University and its mission. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Promise Within Campaign is part of OHIO’s larger The Promise Lives Campaign, which kicked off in April, 2012. Three OHIO faculty and staff members were selected as tri-chairs for The Promise Within Campaign: Trustee Professor of English Samuel Crowl; Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning Howard Dewald; and Executive Assistant in the Office of Regional Higher Education and eLearning Kim Hayden.

“First and foremost, I want to express my sincere gratitude to OHIO’s faculty and staff for their remarkable support of The Promise Within Faculty and Staff Campaign,” Benchoff said. 

“I also want to express my deep appreciation to our three tri-chairs for their leadership during this important initiative. Combined, Sam, Kim and Howard boast nearly 100 years of experience at Ohio University and their institutional knowledge is immeasurable. Their unwavering and stalwart dedication took The Promise Within Campaign from successful to outstanding.” 

Crowl, who served as co-chair for the faculty-staff portion of the Bicentennial Campaign, believes that demonstrating confidence “in the University where we have devoted our lives” not only enhances the University’s ability to support OHIO students and the efforts of individual units, but also lifts up the institution as a whole and encourages others to take action. According to Crowl, even the smallest gift "can inspire even greater giving by alumni and friends of the University."

“Most of us have seen the impact that private dollars have had on moving Ohio University into the top tier of public universities, and we know that such support is critical for the future of the educational experience at OHIO,” Crowl said. “Private gifts provide the margin of excellence that separates our university from our great host of competitors, and I am thrilled that the employees of this great institution joined together and invigorated our efforts.” 

Faculty and staff are giving to The Promise Within Campaign in a variety of ways. From community health program support, to student scholarships, to visiting artists and scholars, to an emergency fund designed to help OHIO students in need, The Promise Within Campaign is achieving record-setting engagement rates.

“This type of engagement with the institution shows that our faculty and staff are committed not only to Ohio University but to higher education in a more general sense,” said Dewald. “The engagement of our faculty and staff show support for the University’s mission and OHIO students. Their commitment has provided funding for a host of special projects, scholarships and initiatives that operating budgets just simply cannot support.” 

OHIO’s third tri-chair, Kim Hayden, echoed Dewald’s sentiments by sharing how higher education has had an impact on her life both personally and professionally.

“I grew up during a time when, particularly in the Appalachian region, encouraging a girl to get a college education was not usually a priority,” she explained. “In fact, my mother said some of her friends questioned her insistence of my pursuit of a college degree. She told them that while she didn’t know what my future would hold, she was going to give me something that no one could take away: an education.”

“When Fritz Russ, one of OHIO’s staunchest supporters, served on the Board of Trustees, I had the privilege of meeting him and his wife Dolores when they held a Trustees’ meeting at our campus,” Hayden said. “What I learned from this lovely, generous couple is that the most important thing is not how much money you have to give; it’s your desire to give back, to be involved, and to make a difference in the lives of others. And I think The Promise Within Campaign showcases that OHIO’s faculty and staff are second to none when it comes to fulfilling that commitment.”

To read more about how your colleagues are giving back to OHIO, please click HERE.

To make a gift in support of The Promise Within Campaign for 2013-14 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 Advancement’s online web form

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

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