University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 

September 27, 2006
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

Campaign USA Reaches $44 Million Mark In Sixth Month of Public Phase

Six months into its public phase, the University of South Alabama’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign has raised more than $44 million.

Of the more than $44 million raised during Campaign USA to date, some $7.3 million has been pledged since March. The remainder was committed during a private phase before Campaign USA’s public launch.

A group of 50 Campaign USA citizen leaders recently met on campus to discuss the campaign and its early success.

James (Jim) A. Yance, a 1970 alumnus of USA and campaign chair, said the new gifts place the team ahead of projections in reaching the campaign’s three-year $75 million goal.

 
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“I’m as excited as I can be about it,” Yance said. “We are ahead of schedule, and I realize that we’re going to make it. And, like some of our esteemed team leaders have said, I think we’re going to raise more than $75 million.”

Yance, a prominent Mobile attorney, attributed the success to the diligent work of the campaign’s outstanding volunteer team, which is comprised of local and national business leaders, many of whom are alumni.

President Gordon Moulton congratulated the Campaign USA Leadership Team at the group’s September work session.

“Campaign USA is already paying great dividends for University faculty, staff and students,” Moulton said. “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.”

Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Campaign USA director and USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said that every unit of the University has benefited from the campaign.

He reported some of that success, stating that the College of Engineering had already well exceeded its $425,000 goal for laboratory equipment, raising $200,000 more than requested for the project.

Among other accomplishments, he announced that the David Lubel Tennis Complex enhancements were 80 percent complete, and that all of the money necessary for the Mitchell College of Business Learning Resource Center building had been raised, with construction under way.

In addition, he reported that there had been a number of new scholarship endowments created and several pieces of equipment purchased. Also, the first major gift toward a campus bell tower, $200,000 from the USA National Alumni Association, had been pledged.

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