Campaign generates nearly $96 million for BGSU so far

One year after it was launched publicly, “Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for Bowling Green State University” is almost 80 percent of the way to its goal.

Through April 30, the campaign had collected $95,909,000 for scholarships, facilities, other initiatives and general support of BGSU. More than $74 million had already been committed toward the $120 million goal when campaign plans were announced at a black-tie gala on April 30, 2005.

Contributors to the effort, including individuals, corporations and foundations, now number 53,719, said Marcia Sloan Latta, associate vice president for University advancement and director of development. Campaign donations have established more than 330 new scholarship funds and six endowed professorships, she added.

“It’s exciting to see the tremendous support for Bowling Green State University that exists in the community,” said Kermit Stroh of Wapakoneta, a former BGSU trustee and co-chair of the 25-member national campaign steering committee. “It confirms that our alumni have a strong connection with their alma mater and that our friends from outside the University approve of what we’re trying to do here.”

Stroh’s campaign committee co-chair is Ronald Whitehouse, formerly of Sylvania and now of Harbor Springs, Mich.

In addition to scholarships, the campaign’s priority projects include the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the BGeXperience values initiative, the Sebo Athletic Center, the Wolfe Center for the Arts, the Center for Photochemical Sciences and the Fund for BGSU.

Noting that 11 regional kickoff events were held nationwide following the public campaign launch on campus a year ago, Latta said more regional events are planned for this fall. The campaign will continue through December 2008.
May 8, 2006