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The Promise Within Faculty/Staff Campaign

OHIO faculty and staff have long understood the value of investing in the Promise of Ohio University and its mission. Whatever our role or relationship to OHIO, we each play an integral part in providing the resources and infrastructure necessary for our students to continue to discover new ways of learning; strengthen the intellectual fabric of our region; and uncover solutions to some of the world's most pressing economic and social concerns.

Introducing OHIO's Tri-Chairs

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Introducing OHIO's Tri-Chairs

We are pleased to introduce The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign tri-chairs - strong advocates for OHIO who have graciously offered their time, effort and resources in support of this important cause.


Sam Crowl

Name: Sam Crowl

Years of service: 42

Crowl is a trustee professor of English emeritus and continues to teach one to two courses per year. He is a founding fellow of the Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities, a former chair of Faculty Senate and former dean of University College. He is the author of five books on various aspects of Shakespeare in performance and was twice selected as a University Professor.


Name: Tom Hodson
Years of service: 30

Hodson is the Director and General Manager of The WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University and the Joe Berman Professor of * Communication in the Scripps College. He was director of OHIO’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism from 2003-2010, served as a member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1989-98, was a special assistant to OHIO President Robert Glidden from 1999-2003, and was an adjunct instructor at Scripps for about 20 years. He has worked as a trial attorney and was a trial judge in Ohio for eight years. He still sits as a visiting judge on assignment by the Ohio Supreme Court. Hodson also served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986-1987 and won the Justice Tom C. Clark award as a Judicial Fellow. Hodson has trained many judges and court personnel in media relations, community relations, and community education programs. He is the author of numerous articles about the topic and co-authored a book for journalists about covering Ohio courts.

Kim Hayden

Name: Kim Hayden

Years of service: 30

Hayden serves as assistant to the executive dean for regional higher education as well as assistant to the vice provost for eLearning OHIO and strategic partnerships. Hayden joined the Office of Regional Higher Education (RHE) in 1996 as a senior secretary. Prior to joining the Office of RHE, she served as the secretary to the dean in the College of Business and worked for University's Advancement's Office of Gift Planning.


Our collective participation in The Promise Within Faculty and Staff Campaign also offers a tremendous opportunity to show our support for this great institution and inspire confidence in other alumni, friends, parents, foundations, corporations and donors – the lifeblood of our institution. According to Crowl, even the smallest gift "can inspire even greater giving by alumni and friends of the University."­


In a time of economic uncertainty, there is one thing of which we are certain: OHIO's faculty, staff, donors and friends are second to none. And we are confident that The Promise Within Faculty and Staff Campaign will further demonstrate our collective strength, power and belief in the Promise of Ohio University.


During our last major fundraising effort, The Bicentennial Campaign, faculty and staff led the way – committing more than $10.7 million in support of Ohio University. The outlook for The Promise Within Campaign is even more exciting: Some units are already on pace for record-setting engagement, with pre-launch participation levels up to 78 percent. With a start like that, we are sure to succeed.


Crowl, who served as a co-chair during the Bicentennial Campaign, believes strongly in the commitment of our faculty, staff and friends and our ability to chart the course for success in this Campaign. "Most of us have seen the impact that private dollars have had on moving Ohio University into the top tier of public universities," he said. "Our faculty and staff, active and retired, are committed to Ohio University and are pleased to respond when a major capital campaign is organized. We realize our gifts will not reach the monetary stature of the Stockers, Russes and Konnekers, but they do demonstrate our confidence in the University where we have devoted our lives.


For Hayden, it is not the size of the gift that matters. "Give whatever amount you feel comfortable giving," she said. "No matter the amount, you can make a difference." For her, the ultimate benefit of philanthropic giving comes in the impact. "What matters is seeing students accomplish their dreams of earning a degree," she said.

Making a Gift

Thank you for choosing to make a gift today. We really appreciate your investment in the promise of Ohio University!

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Thank you for choosing to make a gift today. We really appreciate your investment in the promise of Ohio University!
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By Mail or Phone


If you prefer to make your gift over the phone or if you have questions while trying to make your gift, please contact us by phone 800.592.3863, email or by using our 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

Gift Planning

Ohio University's Office of Gift Planning can assist you in making a planned gift (such as an estate, bequest or trust). There are a number of donors who are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities, and other plans that provide favorable tax benefits.

Payroll Deductions

Please use the following document to initiate payroll deductions:

Payroll Deduction Form
Faculty/Staff Giving FAQs

Stock Transfer

Gifts of appreciated securities are a great way to transmit assets to OHIO as charitable contributions. These transfer instructions will help you make your gift.

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College of Fine Arts fund brings visiting artists and scholars to campus

By: Claire Berlin, February 26

Norma Humphries

Established in 2001 by Raymond Tymas-Jones, the program provides funding to bring in noted artists and scholars in the visual and performing arts to the Athens campus to work with students and faculty. Previously, visiting artists were a part of the college’s annual budget, making it subject to cutbacks. The Visiting Artists Program is supported by an endowed fund created by the college’s faculty and staff to ensure the program’s longevity of the program and diminish the need for state funding.

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Giving the gift of knowledge

By: MaryKate McHugh, February 18

Lorraine Wochna

Standing patiently behind the reference desk on the second floor of Alden Library, Lorraine Wochna awaits questions from a multitude of Ohio University students regarding research. This is her comfort zone; this is where she shines. Wochna’s passion for providing University Libraries resources and thereby an enriching learning experience for OHIO students is based on her love for education, research and the arts.

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OHIO alumnus and administrator gives time, talent and treasure to revive 1960s-era scholars program

By: Kelee Riesbeck, February 8

Greg Lester

“The Ohio Fellows Program is a nontraditional scholars program, which means it gives its students who have a strong academic background but are not necessarily recipients of one of Ohio University’s marquee scholarships one-of-a-kind opportunities to interact and engage with scholars, visiting lecturers, faculty and Ohio Fellow alumni—many of whom are scattered across the globe
doing amazing things.”

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Chillicothe Campus Giving Circle illustrates “paying it forward” concept

By: Jack Jeffery, February 4

Martha Rittinger

The concept of “paying it forward” is an essential component of the Chillicothe Campus’s educational experience. This notion emphasizes individuals who recognize others who have helped them along their career paths, and then return the favor by using their time and talent to help current students. This is the essence of the Women in Philanthropy Giving Circle.

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OHIO administrator and Honors Tutorial College alumna supports nontraditional students

By: Margaret Krueger, January 28

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Patricia Davidson, OHIO’s assistant director of summer sessions, works with diverse students in the University’s eLearning program. A nontraditional student herself, Davidson graduated from the Honors Tutorial College (HTC) with a communications studies degree in 1987. To support high-achieving students from varied backgrounds, she donates regularly to the HTC Community
Enhancement Fund.

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Alumna administrator gives back to help students in times of need

By: Kelee Riesbeck, January 11

Jenny Hall Jones

Today, Hall-Jones supports the OHIO Parents and Family Endowment through employee payroll deduction. The endowment, created in 2012 by the Ohio Parents Advisory Council, supports student health and wellness and also offers a critical financial safety net for students in times of need. Money from the endowment has helped feed students who couldn't afford meals, covered airfare so students can return home in a family emergency, and provided Bobcat Cash for off-campus students facing a housing crisis.

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College of Business alumnus Drake Bolon calls the shots and gives back

By: MaryKate McHugh, December 2

Drake Bolon

Bolon is a 2011 business administration graduate from the College of Business. He said the education and experience he received inside and outside of the classroom has paid off. He notes that learning from distinguished professors as well as taking courses in marketing and management gave him the knowledge to excel in the real world. And as a member of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre and an intern for the Athletic Department, he was able to apply what he learned in the classroom.

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Classified Senate supports student retention through annual scholarships

By: Tessa Dufresne, November 29

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Despite the tough economic climate, college fees continue to come due, transportation costs must be paid and textbooks are still required for learning, leaving some individuals struggling for their next steps and questioning if they can even afford to be an Ohio University student. Ohio University Classified Senate aims to relieve school-related stresses by instilling in students a spirit of optimism and hope. At the start of each academic year, Classified Senate awards five $1,000 scholarships to students in need.

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OU-HCOM faculty and staff come together in support of community health

By: Heather Anerino, November 9

Jay Shubrook

In times of healthcare crisis, rural areas like southeastern Ohio are often the hardest hit. With a large population of uninsured residents and a serious lack of primary care physicians in the region, thousands of residents seek healthcare wherever they can. The Heritage Community Clinic and mobile health units, which offer specialized care at no cost to many people without health insurance or who could not otherwise afford it, have helped fill the healthcare void in the
Appalachian region.

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Funding expands for John A. Brose, D.O., Primary Care Endowed Scholarship

By: Heather Anerino, August 13

John Brose

Established by the historic April 2011 gift from Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the John A. Brose, D.O., Primary Care Scholarship is gathering strength thanks to a number of donors who have contributed more than $95,000 to the recently endowed fund that will support the scholarship in perpetuity.

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