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Scripps Howard Foundation support of Ohio University College of Communication tops $20 million

Apr 5, 2006

Scripps Howard Foundation support of Ohio University College of Communication tops $20 million

APRIL 5, 2006—The Scripps Howard Foundation announced Tues., April 4, 2006, that it will give $15 million to Ohio University 's College of Communication. Kenneth W. Lowe, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, made the announcement at The Westin Cincinnati to an audience of Scripps employees, Ohio University faculty and staff, and alumni and friends.

“This is a landmark day in our long and successful partnership with Ohio University,” said Lowe. “With this important gift, it's our intention to provide the university's College of Communication with the resources it needs to build on its excellent reputation as a leading academic destination. Together, Scripps and the university are investing in the future of our industry by providing quality higher education for tomorrow's media and communication professionals.”

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis accepted the gift and, in recognition of the Foundation's commitment to communication education at the university, will recommend to the Ohio University Board of Trustees that the college be named the Scripps College of Communication.

“This gift is a very exciting moment in Ohio University 's 200-year history,” said Dr. McDavis. “The generosity of the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company, which are long-time friends of the University, is a transformational gift for our College of Communication. Together, we have the opportunity to lift our College of Communication to its highest level of excellence.”

Ohio University , the Scripps Howard Foundation, and The E.W. Scripps Company will celebrate this historic gift and long-time partnership at an all-day event on the university's Athens, Ohio, campus on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The gift brings the foundation's total support of Ohio University to more than $20 million. Since funding its first scholarship at Ohio University in 1966, the Scripps Howard Foundation has been a partner in Ohio University 's mission to create a dynamic learning environment for future generations of communicators, and through 2005 had invested more than $5 million in programs within the College of Communication – including, but not limited to, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

“We are confident that Ohio University will make the best use of our resources, will be good stewards of the dollars, is committed to our shared goals and understands our imperatives,” said Judy Clabes, president and chief executive officer of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “Together, we know we can accomplish something grand and meaningful while extending the Scripps family heritage in a most appropriate way.”

The Foundation's investment will support a variety of programs and initiatives from diversity enhancement and cutting edge technology to teaching fellows and scholarships.

“The College is home to nationally prominent academic programs in the field of communication. This gift will allow us to further our excellence,” said College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd. “It will, for example, allow us to expand our supported internship opportunities for students, increase the numbers of scholarships we can provide, fund innovative initiatives that bring faculty and students together outside the boundaries of traditional classrooms, and sponsor a program of visiting professionals through which students will have the opportunity to engage with leading practitioners in their chosen fields of study. We could not be more grateful for the recognition and opportunities this gift provides.”

These programs and enhancements build upon a tradition of excellence in communication education that began in 1968 when the schools of communication and journalism were brought together to form the College of Communication .

“What excites me most is that the relationship has a future – a bright one. The fact that our funds will go totally for programming and value-added support for an already quality communication college is extremely exciting,” said Clabes. “This will make a difference in perpetuity for communication students at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. That has a nice ring to it.”

Today, the College of Communication offers more than 40 programs through five schools. These range from the very technical in the J. Warren McClure School of Communications Systems Management to the deeply theoretical in the School of Communication Studies – and everything in between in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Schools of Telecommunication and Visual Communication.

“This commitment is the highlight of a long and productive partnership between the Foundation and the college,” said Provost Kathy Krendl, formerly dean of the College of Communication. “I've had the pleasure of working with this amazing benefactor since coming to Ohio University in 1996. For 10 years, whenever the college's students and faculty have had ideas about how to enhance technology, to contribute to survey research, to attract visiting professionals, or to enhance the ‘real word' experiences we offer to students, we've been able to take those ideas to Scripps. And the Foundation has consistently supported us. We have worked as a team. It's a very special relationship.”

The Scripps Howard Foundation started in 1962, dedicated to improving journalism. Today, it is the largest corporate foundation in Greater Cincinnati. It is responsible for The E.W. Scripps Company' corporate contributions through the Greater Cincinnati Fund and in 1999 began a program to award grants in all the communities in which Scripps does business through the Community Fund. The Foundation strives to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. The Foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture, and inclusive civic affairs, with a special commitment to the communities in which the company does business.

Chartered in 1804, Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Students come from every state in the union and 100 different countries. Presently enrolling more than 29,000 students on the Athens campus and five regional campuses, Ohio University offers 285 undergraduate majors through 10 academic colleges and the Center for International Studies. The University also offers master's degrees in nearly all areas, 20 doctoral degrees, and a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine.

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.

Media Contact: Senior Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu