Western Kentucky University Setting Big Goals With New Campaign

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Western Kentucky University is setting big goals for the future.
WKU's President, Gary Ransdell, unveiled a new campaign Friday morning.
The $200 million dollar campaign will make WKU a leading American university with international reach by the year 2012.

"We truly are just getting started," said Western Kentucky University's President, Gary Ransdell.

There's alot that Western Kentucky University faculty and staff are looking forward to.

"A transformation is underway," said Ransdell.

The "New Century of Spirit Campaign" will raise $200 million dollars in the next five years.

A previous campaign raised $102 million dollars in that amount of time.

"The last campaign gave us the confidence that we can compete with the best American comprehensive universities. That we can build an endowment to recruit the best faculty and the best students and retain them here," said Ransdell.

They will continue to strive to meet those goals. The campaign will also include growth in enrollment, the campus budget, sponsored research and public services, graduation rates, student retention, and an improvement of facilities.

"Most of our growth will come in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Glasgow where we have regional campuses," said Ransdell.

For Gail Ledford, who works at WKU's Regional Center in Elizabethtown, she says she's ready for this new campaign.

"It's going to be a wonderful program. I'm very excited about being part of it," said Ledford.

She hopes in the future it will include a permanent building for students in that area.

"There was a donation of 20 acres to the Elizabethtown Center so we're hoping to do something with that," said Ledford.

President Ransdell says there aren't many schools in the state that are capable of achieving this kind of goal.

"Certainly other than the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville, who have long been involved in the philanthropic business. We're a little new to the game, but we're catching up fast," said Ransdell.

He plans to do that with this new campaign.

"A leading American university with international reach, with enough statistical measures to validate that claim," said Ransdell.

As part of the campaign, tuition will increase 6% each year for students, which President Ransdell says is less than the increase they've seen in past years.

Since the last campaign, financial aid for students has already gone up dramatically. This campaign has already raised $91 million dollars so far.

For more on the campaign, click on the following Western Kentucky University link:
http://www.wku.edu/news/releases07/september/century.html


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