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March 9, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

University of South Alabama Launches Historic Comprehensive Fund-Raising Campaign - Goal to raise $75 million in the next three years

MOBILE – The University of South Alabama today launched its first-ever comprehensive fund-raising campaign with the goal of raising $75 million over the next three years to further its missions of teaching, research, service and health care.

The celebration, which brought together more than 200 community and University leaders, was held at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at USA. At the kick-off event, 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.

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.

In addition to the Mitchell gift, there have been in excess of 18 major gifts ranging from $100,000 to $4 million from local and national individuals, corporations, and foundations made during the two-year quiet phase of the campaign. (See complete list of top campaign contributors in media packet.)

Supported by its Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders, the University will use 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.

“Through teaching, research, outreach and health care, the University of South Alabama has forever improved the quality of life for the Gulf Coast region and beyond,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “The University has helped lead to higher standards of education, better health care, an enhanced economy, and richer art, cultural and entertainment opportunities for all people.

“Through Campaign USA, we will depend on the generous assistance of alumni, friends and supporters to further strengthen our position of leadership.”

James A. Yance, a 1970 alumnus of the University of South Alabama and leading Mobile attorney, will lead 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 campaign is led by some 50 outstanding local and national business leaders, many of whom are alumni. (See complete list of Campaign USA Team in media packet.)

“Of the University of South Alabama’s many contributions to society, none has been more important and profound than improving the lives of our individual citizens,” said Yance. “Any investment toward enhancing USA’s leadership will pay substantial dividends and lead to the betterment of our community.”

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

“The University educates our workforce, creates new knowledge that touches our lives, boosts our economy and creates quality jobs, enriches our culture, and provides advanced health care for our citizens,” said Langham. “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.”

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 tradition of leadership and take the University into a new stage of growth and opportunity.

“For years, the University has led the community on vital educational, research and health care issues,” said Busta. “Now, during our inaugural comprehensive campaign, USA wants to secure its leadership position for the region. The future of this bright institution depends on strong internal and external leadership.”

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 represents only a small amount of the University’s private gift potential.

As part of Campaign USA, each college, school and unit of the University has identified needs and goals for fund raising. The academic units focus on needs such as undergraduate scholarships, graduate assistantships, endowed faculty positions, classroom and laboratory equipment, and capital construction.

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 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, 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, 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, bell tower and student plaza, archives building)

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

Children’s and Women’s Hospital: $3.42 million, includes entranceway construction, lobby sculpture, fountain, MRI machine and 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 more than 56,000 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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