October 10 – PITTSBURG, Kan. – A six-year fundraising campaign to raise $ 100 million for Pittsburg State University has raised more than $ 136 million, PSU Foundation executives recently announced.
The campaign – called “Proven. Promise. Pitt State.” – focused on scholarships, facilities, program enhancements and faculty support.
About a third of the campaign’s total supports scholarships, said Kathleen Flannery, president and CEO of the foundation. In total, 155 new scholarships were created, of which 73 current scholarships and 82 endowed scholarships.
The campaign has been a primary source of funding for campus construction and improvements in recent years, including projects such as the Robert W. Plaster Center, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex, the John Lance Arena and the next simulation hospital at the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. A fundraising campaign is also underway to help complete renovations to the Kelce College of Business building.
“We have certainly seen the impact these facilities have had on student recruitment, and we have witnessed the incredible academic, athletic and artistic experiences that students have when they arrive here,” Flannery said in a statement.
The campaign also funded program enhancements such as the H. Lee Scott Lecture Series, which brought former President Bill Clinton, Senator Mitt Romney and other notable names to campus. Other campaign donations funded the nursing school, physics departments and other university programs.
Finally, the campaign is funding additional faculty support, Flannery said.
When the campaign was launched in 2015, it was a three-year, $ 55 million effort. Its initial goals were $ 20 million for scholarships, $ 10 million for expanded university programs and the development of extracurricular activities, $ 5 million for staffed faculty positions, and $ 20 million for renovation and renovation. construction of campus buildings. These four areas were highlighted after a review of campus needs by leaders, deans and department heads, then president Steve Scott said.
The campaign was extended for three years, to a goal of $ 100 million, in fiscal 2018, when university officials realized they would exceed their original goal, Flannery said.