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Message from the President & CEO

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

Nico Karagosian


  Nico Karagosian

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


Welcome! I’m so glad that you have an interest in The Ohio University Foundation.

The Foundation’s mission is simple, really: Philanthropy in Service to Education.

What these simple words from the Foundation’s charter mean to Ohio University is tremendous. Since its inception in 1945, The Foundation has been a partner in the University's mission of education, research, and service, and this partnership touches every part of the University today.

With your help, the Foundation serves OHIO’s students, faculty, staff, and programs. Today, generous alumni and friends contribute an average of $30 million to OHIO annually, and the endowments that support the University have grown to more than $536 million.

Consider all that this philanthropy has made possible over the past 70-plus years. All across OHIO’s campuses, your generosity makes learning and discovery possible. And, makes individual dreams of achieving a degree a reality. From scholarships, fellowships, and professorships to academic programs and facility upgrades, these gifts sustain OHIO’s people and help to secure its future.

While there are countless donors whose generosity is humbling, here are a few gifts that have transformed OHIO (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

Our goal is to inspire philanthropy and to earn your meaningful investment in OHIO—building a mutually beneficial relationship with the power to transform lives. With your support, we can continue to fulfill our mission every day.

I hope you’ll explore our Foundation and University Advancement websites to learn more about how you can help OHIO offer the best student-centered learning experience in America. 

If you have any questions or concerns—or if I can help you make a difference for OHIO—please feel free to contact me at  nico@ohio.edu .

Nico Karagosian  
President and CEO  
The Ohio University Foundation