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Oregon State University leaders officially launched the institution's first campus-wide fundraising campaign at a public celebration on Oct. 26. With a goal of $625 million, The Campaign for OSU will raise the university to a new level of excellence by creating scholarships and fellowships, endowing faculty positions, increasing program support, and constructing facilities.
At the campaign launch, OSU President Ed Ray also announced $77 million in private and public commitments toward a major campaign initiative: the Linus Pauling Science Center and its associated research and education programs.
"This is an historic moment for Oregon State University," said President Ray. "This university is about changing and enriching lives. Seizing on the momentum of this extraordinary campaign and building on the excellence we demonstrate every day we can ensure that our students achieve bright and prosperous futures, create a stronger, more competitive Oregon, and advance research that addresses some of the world's most pressing problems."
Beginning with a planning phase in 2004, the campaign has already received strong support, including more than 400 commitments of $100,000 or more. "The fact that so many people came forward so quickly demonstrates how much we believe in this investment," said campaign co-chair Pat Reser, '60. "OSU is coming into its own at a time when its many strengths are in high demand around the world. It's time to tell our story."