Murray State campaign stretches toward $70 million total in next 15 months

Murray State University’s comprehensive campaign roared past its original goal of $60 million in June with $61.4 million raised to date and 15 months to go in the program. They made clever use of campaign signs as well as other traditional campaign tactics to achieve this goal. The celebration for Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University will be held during Homecoming 2012, but with still more to accomplish, university officials are stretching the goal to $70 million.

Approximately 50 percent of the funds raised are going to student scholarships. The campaign supports new initiatives to advance academic excellence, provide scholarships, support athletics, purchase new research and laboratory equipment, and advance campus improvements. Those initiatives will continue with a particular focus on student scholarship creation.

The university set a new annual record in the past year with more than $10.4 million raised. Record gifts included charitable donations from CFSB banking, the Hutson family and others. Generosity came from on campus as well with MSU’s faculty and staff contributing more than $687,000 during this campaign — record giving for that group as well.

“The Hold Thy Banner campaign has absolutely exceeded our expectations thus far, thanks to the generosity of our many alumni and friends who are creating new scholarships, developing endowed professorships and enhancing academic opportunities for our students with their support,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, Murray State president. “I am very optimistic that this momentum could well take us to $70 million in gifts by October 2012.

David Dill, president and COO of LifePoint Hospitals, in Nashville, Tenn., is a national co-chair of the campaign. “Murray State University means a great deal to my wife, Ashley, me and my entire family,” Dill said. “This campaign has provided all of us a wonderful opportunity to give back to an institution that has given us so much. I want to add my sincere gratitude to our thousands of alumni and friends who have contributed during this campaign so that MSU can continue its great legacy of providing a quality and affordable education to our students.”

Other national campaign co-chairs are Jim Cash of Paducah, Ky., and Dr. Jane Wells of Eddyville, Ky.

“We are deeply appreciative of the tremendous support that nearly 21,000 donors have provided during this campaign. These donors have made nearly 81,000 gifts totaling over $61.4 million to date during Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University,” noted Bob Jackson, associate vice president at MSU and campaign director. “As Murray State approaches its 90th birthday, our thousands of generous alumni and friends have helped to transform many areas of this great university as we now prepare for the next 90 years.”

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