WKU Steps Up Fundraising Efforts

Western Kentucky University has its eyes on the future.

The university hopes a new $200-million campaign will make WKU a leading American university with international reach by the year 2012.

But with the state budgets getting tighter, legislators are encouraging universities to do their own private fundraising.

Kentucky Speaker of the House Jody Richards said with the passage of House Bill One in 1997, the state government showed university's that they supported private fundraising efforts.

Included in House Bill One was "Bucks for Brains," the state endowment matching program.

WKU raised its allotted $11.7-million .

Richard went on to say he champions WKU and Dr. Ransdell on a new campaign to raise Western's endowment.

Western's plan also proposes to increase the number of full-time faculty at WKU's satellite campuses in Elizabethtown, Glasgow and Owensboro.

Elizabethtown would see the largest increase, with 13 additional full-time faculty.

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