University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

June 1, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, 460-6340

Campaign USA Announces New Gifts, Successful Faculty/Staff Campaign

Campaign USA, the University of South Alabama’s first-ever comprehensive fund-raising campaign, has received four important gifts from community, University and business leaders. The new gifts bring the total raised during Campaign USA to $38.4 million – more than halfway to the goal of $75 million over the next three years.

  • Through the USA Faculty/Staff Annual Fund, USA employees contributed a record-setting $293,659. The participation of 2,354 employees, or 57 percent, was a 30 percent increase in participation by employees over last year. Donations for the year were up 35 percent over 2005.
  • Greg and Jamie Saad of Mobile have pledged $250,000 to name the main entranceway at the Mitchell Cancer Institute in memory of Greg Saad’s late parents, John Elias Saad and Dorothy Sturges Saad. The late Mr. and Mrs. Saad began Saad’s Healthcare in Mobile in 1968.
  • Birmingham-based health care construction firm Robins and Morton, the general contractor for the Mitchell Cancer Institute, has donated $100,000. In honor of its gift, the conference room in the executive suite on the second floor of the Mitchell Cancer Institute’s clinical wing will be named for the company, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
  • USA College of Medicine Biochemistry Professor Dr. M. Gopal Nair has donated $101,150 in stock. The Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Research Lab at the Mitchell Cancer Institute will be named in his honor.

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.

USA President Gordon Moulton said the recent gifts to Campaign USA are important for the growth of the institution and its missions of teaching, research, service and health care.

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

Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., Campaign USA director and USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said the gifts to the campaign will build on USA’s tradition of leadership and take the University into a new level of growth and quality.

“I’d like to thank our leadership team for starting off so quickly and at such a high level,” Busta said.

James A. Yance, a 1970 alumnus of USA and prominent 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 campaign is led by some 50 outstanding local and national business leaders, many of whom are alumni.

Yance said of the recent gifts: “Campaign USA has tremendous momentum throughout the community, and it will continue to build as we move forward. I’d like to thank all the donors for their generosity.”

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.

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 57,000 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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