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Message from the Interim President & CEO

Message from the Interim President & CEO, Ohio University Foundation
Interim Vice President, Division of Advancement

Tom Davis   Tom Davis, PhD
  Interim President and CEO, Ohio University Foundation
  Interim Vice President, University Advancement
  104 McGuffey Hall
  Athens, OH 45701
  Tel: 740.593.4764
  Fax: 740.593.0217


Welcome and thank you for your interest in The Ohio University Foundation.

Our mission is simple: inspire meaningful investment in Ohio University by building relationships that transform lives. With unwavering support from alumni and friends, we continue to fulfill that mission every day. From scholarships, fellowships, and professorships to academic program support and facility upgrades, your gifts help secure the promise of OHIO.

Since its inception in 1945, The Ohio University Foundation has been an active partner in the University's mission of education, research, and service. The vital partnership between private philanthropy and public funding touches every part of the University today, helping us to achieve a margin of excellence for which tuition fees and public funding simply do not provide.

Ranked fourth in the nation for research return on investment by Forbes magazine, Ohio University offers unique opportunities for public and private partnerships. And with the governance of an independent Foundation Board of Trustees, I can assure you that your investment will be in good hands.

In 2016, the University secured $30 million in private gifts to ensure the strength of Ohio University's mission and values. In April 2014, we surpassed The Promise Lives Campaign's $450 million goal, 14 months ahead of the June 30, 2015 deadline. By the close of the Campaign, the University secured $500 million in support students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities. While there are many donors whose generosity is humbling, I want to highlight a few transformational gifts (click on the name for additional information):
Name Designation   Amount

Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Russ College of Engineering and Technology   $114 million

Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine   $105 million

Miss Violet L. Patton Patton College of Education   $28 million

Scripps Howard Foundation Scripps College of Communication   $15 million

Walter Family Foundation Intercollegiate Athletics   $10 million

Steve Schoonover Scripps College of Communication   $7.5 million

I encourage to you explore our website and learn how you can help us continue to offer the best student-centered learning experience in the America.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at davist@ohio.edu.


Tom Davis, PhD
Interim President and CEO
The Ohio University Foundation