I know you’ve heard it said that “close” only counts in hand grenades and horse shoes but I think we need to add one more category and that is the Ohio University Southern Bicentennial Campaign which ended officially June 30th.
The school came very close to reaching its goal of $5 million. When the last dollar was counted, the official Southern total was $4,918,601. The overall goal for Ohio University of $200 million was surpassed, with a total of $222,292,916.
To say we were overwhelmed with such generosity, is an understatement. The accomplishment speaks volumes regarding the character of the campus and the community. It is impossible to describe in words how much each gift, large and small was appreciated. The campaign will forever change the way we do business at Ohio University Southern.
In case you’re wondering how the money will be spent; the two most successful campaign priorities were scholarships, where we more than doubled the number of availabilities for students and the Proctorville Center, where more than $2.6 million was raised. Other campaign priorities receiving considerable funding included the Bill W. Dingus Technology Center, the Ohio Horse Park and Equine Studies Program, the Nature Center, our new Nursing Program, Electronic Media and Gear Up.
With the conclusion of its first ever fund-raising campaign, the focus will now shift to programs and projects that are in need of additional funding. We must raise $650 thousand for the Proctorville Center and for a variety of other priorities as well.
In the year 2006, Ohio University Southern will be celebrating its 50th birthday. We will certainly want to emphasize that historic occasion with good news about the future at OUS.
On behalf of our dean, Dr. Dan Evans and the entire Ohio University Southern faculty and staff and to all the campaign volunteers, I offer my deepest appreciation for the part you played in our success.
Assistant Dean for Development
Asst. Dean for Development
Last Edited: 8/3/04