University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

March 26, 2007
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, (251) 460-6360

Campaign USA Ends First Year with $51.6 million Raised Toward $75 million Goal

The University of South Alabama’s first-ever comprehensive fund-raising campaign has raised $51.6 million – or 69 percent – toward its $75 million goal through the first year of the three-year public phase of the campaign.  

The University of South Alabama launched “Campaign USA: Leadership” in March 2006 with the goal of raising $75 million to further its missions of teaching, research, service and health care.

At the kick-off event last year, University leaders announced that – led by a $22 million commitment from the family of Arlene, Mayer and Abraham Mitchell – they already had raised $36 million, or 48 percent, toward the Campaign USA goal during the two-year quiet phase of the campaign.

Since the beginning of the campaign, 13,370 donors have contributed to the USA goal.

Major first-year gifts include: $2 million endowment and cash gift from Bert and Fanny Meisler toward a new student services building; $2 million endowment gift from Dr. Steven Stokes and his wife, Angelia, toward scholarships in creative writing and for the College of Medicine; $1 million endowment gift from Vincent and Marcia Kilborn to establish the Vincent F. Kilborn Jr. Cancer Fellowship Endowment Fund; and $500,000 from the Alabama Power Foundation toward two new engineering labs.

Campaign USA has a single-word slogan – Leadership – a tribute to USA’s role in the region in the past and its increasing importance in the future of the area, campaign leaders said.

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs, a University archives building and campus bell tower.

Supported by its Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders, the University is using Campaign USA as a transformational time in the life of the institution, ensuring its future as a leader in education, research, service, health care and economic development.

“Campaign USA is already paying great dividends for University faculty, staff and students,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “We're extremely pleased with the momentum, and I'm optimistic that we'll meet our goal. We thank everyone who is helping to make this historic campaign a success.”

James A. Yance, a 1970 alumnus of the University of South Alabama and retired Mobile attorney, is leading a group of community and national volunteers during Campaign USA. Civic, political and business leaders from Mobile and Baldwin counties, and beyond, will be supporting USA throughout the three-year effort.

 “The momentum we built during the past year shows that our Bay area community understands the many contributions the University of South Alabama has made,” Yance said. “It’s clear that any investment toward enhancing USA’s leadership will pay substantial dividends and lead to the betterment of our community as a whole.”

Donald L. Langham, chair pro tempore of the University Board of Trustees, said the Board members heartily supported the new campaign.

 “The entire Board of Trustees, representing the citizens of Alabama, thoroughly supports this Campaign USA effort that will forever raise the level of excellence in all endeavors of the University,” he said. “We are pleased that the community response has been so positive.”

Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., Campaign USA director and USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said, “The campaign will build on USA’s strong tradition of teaching, and enable the University to enhance its research and public service mission into a new stage of growth and opportunity.”

The University has dramatically increased its efforts over the past few years to seek private philanthropic support, with private giving rising from approximately $2 million per year three years ago to more than $12 million annually today. This rapid growth is a strong indication of the University’s private gift potential.

As part of Campaign USA, each college, school campus, and major unit of the University has identified needs and goals for fund raising.

Campaign Goals:

Allied Health Professions: $1 million, includes scholarships, assistantships professorships, and classroom and laboratory equipment.
Arts and Sciences: $1 million, includes the completion of the Alfred and Lucile Delchamps Archaeology building, concert grand piano, scholarships, assistantships, professorships, Hellenic Studies endowment, guest artist endowment and a strings program.

Mitchell College of Business: $1 million, includes Learning Resource Center construction, deanship chair, faculty chairs, scholarships and building renovation.

Computer and Information Sciences: $1 million, includes scholarships, assistantships and faculty chairs.

Continuing Education and Special Programs: $250,000 for scholarships.

Education: $1 million, includes a visiting professorship, faculty chairs, scholarships, student fellowships, assistantships, lectureship series and endowed educator-in-residence.

Engineering: $1 million, includes scholarships, fellowships, professorships and equipment.

Medicine: $3 million, includes scholarships, faculty chairs, clinical scholars endowment, medical education innovation endowment, student research endowment, and equipment for classrooms and laboratories.

Nursing: $1 million, includes scholarships, professorships, faculty chairs, faculty Ph.D. support, and equipment for classrooms and laboratories. 

Athletics: $1.5 million, includes new track, soccer and softball facilities, new softball field, and enhancements to the David Lubel Tennis Complex.

Libraries: $1 million, includes endowments for PETAL program, collection development, Library Arts program, and directorship and renovation of Main Library.

Baldwin County Campus: $1.75 million, includes scholarships and facility renovation and new space.

University-Wide Goals: $7.75 million, includes seed money for proposed new engineering and science complex, campus beautification, Alumni Plaza and Bell Tower Complex, and an archives building.

Cancer Research Institute: $21 million, includes construction and operating costs.

Children’s and Women’s Hospital: $3.42 million, includes new entranceway construction, lobby sculpture, fountain, MRI machine, room renovation, and renovation of pediatrics evaluation and radiology complexes. 

Medical Center: $2.5 million, includes funding for lab equipment and medical specialty areas.

Annual Giving: $3.83 million

Deferred Gifts: $22 million

CAMPAIGN TOTAL: $75 million

The University of South Alabama

            Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 13,300 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing. The University has awarded 60,000 degrees.

            In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s and Women’s and USA Medical Center ­­– involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually.


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