University of Findlay capital campaign climbs above $50 million

FINDLAY — The University of Findlay is two-thirds of the way to its goal of raising $75 million to foster scholarships and improve campus facilities, transforming the lives of students and investing in the future.

Gifts to the Together We Will campaign from more than 8,670 donors have topped the $50 million mark as of late December, according to UF President Katherine Fell.

“As we begin the new year, we are excited about the new opportunities for students that these donations will bring to fruition,” Fell said. “Together, we have surpassed the $50 million milestone.”

Marcia Sloan Latta, vice president for advancement, is pleased with the progress of the university’s largest fundraising campaign in history.

“Many supporters have shared their fond memories of how the generosity of previous donors enhanced their campus experiences and impacted their lives,” she said. “We truly appreciate their confidence in the university’s important role in equipping students for meaningful lives and productive careers.”

The Together We Will campaign launched its public phase in October at a gala during the Homecoming 2022 celebration with a mission “to develop graduates who serve and lead with purpose, passion, and skill.” Priorities for the campaign are to increase annual scholarships and financial aid; provide endowments for faculty and research; enhance laboratories, environmental and athletic facilities; and expand student experiences in campus ministries, study abroad and service learning.

The campaign has secured several major gifts – most prominently, a $6 million gift from Billy ’96 and Brenda Watterson, which will support the building of the Watterson Center for Ethical Leadership that will house the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Billy Watterson is a co-chair of the fundraising campaign, which he believes is bringing UF supporters together to “share resources to ensure that future generations of students have the best technology and great experiences.”

Serving alongside the Wattersons on the executive campaign committee are Pam Beall ’78, Chuck Bills, Angie Briggs, Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, Michael Mumma ‘64, Richard Kirk, Sabrina Kirk, Chris Ostrander, Dina Ostrander, Brant Rhoad ’00 and Richard Zunkiewicz.

Anyone interested in the campaign may contact the University Advancement office at 419-434-4008.