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January 13, 2014 : SLIDESHOW: Ohio University President Roderick McDavis Visits Lancaster
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis expressed thanks to supporters of the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center Thursday while meeting with alumni, donors and community leaders who have given their time, talent and financial support to the campus.


One of the stops during McDavis’ visit was Fairfield National Bank (FNB). Many Ohio University Alumni work at the bank, and last year, FNB made a corporate contribution of $75,000 to the Fairfield National Bank Scholarship at Ohio University Lancaster. Many FNB employees and board members also made personal contributions to the campaign, which led to a cumulative gift of more than $100,000.


The Fairfield National Bank Scholarship allows students to meet their college requirements, get the real-world experience they need to get a job and make money at the same time. The gift was one of the largest corporate gifts in OUL history.


The gift supports Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, a $450 million campaign to support scholarships, faculty, the student experience, facilities, and community outreach. So far the Campaign has raised more than $438 million in support of these priorities. The local goal is $3.5 million. The Campaign ends in June 2015. FNB President Steve Wells is the campaign committee chairman for the Lancaster Campus.


“First, I want to thank you, Steve, for your leadership during this campaign. You have done a fantastic job,” said McDavis to Wells. “I also want to thank Fairfield National Bank and its employees for the scholarship contribution. We are thrilled that corporations like Fairfield National Bank are supporting our students and helping them to succeed.”


The Fairfield National Bank Scholarship is given to full-time, undergraduate students with financial need.  Preference is given to students who are pursuing a degree in applied management, finance, accounting or related fields.  The scholarship helps to fund the student’s college education at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington while also granting the students an opportunity for a paid internship at the bank.


“So many people in our community have benefited from attending the Lancaster Campus,” said Wells.  “The campus is such a valuable community resource and we are proud to support a scholarship which helps people in our community further their education and enrich their lives.”


Wells met with McDavis, Ohio University Vice President of Advancement Bryan Benchoff, Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith and Lancaster Campus Development Director Mandi Custer during the visit.


“The Lancaster Campus really appreciates the support of Fairfield National Bank, its employees and their president, Steve Wells,” said Smith. “This is an example of how corporate support can not only help the Lancaster Campus, but change the future in Fairfield County.  A scholarship like this helps students transform their own lives and in turn, use their degree to help and transform their own community.”


On the Lancaster Campus, funds are being raised to support scholarships, arts and culture, facilities and future endeavors through planned giving. Ohio University's Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center are a critical gateway to education and opportunity for students and the community. Fourteen associate's degree programs and nine bachelor's degree majors are offered, along with four master's degree programs at the Pickerington Center. The Lancaster Campus has experienced tremendous progress since its founding in 1956 and continues to provide a high quality university education within a small-college setting at an affordable price. Ohio University regional campuses create the opportunity for students to imagine unlimited possibilities because Ohio University inspires students to transform themselves and their community.  


To learn more about The Promise Lives Campaign or to make a donation to the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center, contact Mandi Custer at or 740-654-6711 ext. 234.