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CAMPAIGN FOR WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY TOPS $72 MILLION MARK

 CAMPAIGN FOR WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY TOPS $72 MILLION MARK
 MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Campaign for West Virginia University" has topped the $72 million mark, the WVU Foundation reported today.
 Two pledges, one for $1 million and another for $750,000, have placed attainment over $72 million. A goal of $102 million in 1993 has been set for the campaign, which began in 1988 and is being conducted by the foundation with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers.
 "The support we have received has been tremendous," said James A. Robinson, foundation president. "Gifts have come from alumni and other individuals, faculty and staff members, foundations, businesses and other friends who realize the importance of this effort to the future of the university. Ninety-two of our donors have given $100,000 or more thus far. Many more have given whatever they can and it all adds up to vital support for the university.
 "Our strong volunteer leadership base has been, and will continue to be, of invaluable assistance as we move into the final third of the campaign," he added. "The foundation and university owe a debt of gratitude to those who have given and to those who have assumed active leadership roles. They are largely responsible for our success to date."
 Robinson said that in addition to cash contributions, the campaign has received gifts in the form of pledges, real estate, insurance, trusts and bequests. "Many donors," he noted, "have used a combination of these to increase the size of their gifts. By doing so, they have been able to contribute more than they thought they could give by a cash outlay only, especially when their commitments are spread over several years.
 "Gifts made to the campaign enhance and strengthen the academic, research and public service programs of the university," he said. "This is not a bricks and mortar campaign," Robinson explained.
 Instead, he said, the campaign will focus on six areas. Those areas and the amount of funds targeted for each include:
 -- Endowed chairs, professorships and lectureships, $24.5 million;
 -- Equipment and renovations, $20 million;
 -- Faculty development, $15 million;
 -- University libraries, $15 million;
 -- Academic program development, $7.5 million; and
 -- Student scholarships and fellowships, $20 million.
 Donors may give to these specific areas, he said, or direct their gifts to specific projects in any area of the university.
 "While we have passed a milestone in the campaign," Robinson added, "we still must secure another $30 million to reach our goal. The continuing support of all who believe in West Virginia University is essential to the successful completion of the campaign during 1993."
 Joseph E. Antonini, a Morgantown native and WVU graduate who currently is chairman and CEO of Kmart Corp., is general chairman of the campaign. Businessman James H. (Buck) Harless of Gilbert, W.Va., is heading the overall leadership gifts effort. Hazel Ruby McQuain of Morgantown is honorary chair. The campaign effort has been under way since mid-1988.
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 /CONTACT: James A. Robinson, president of the WVU Foundation, 304-598-2700/ CO: West Virginia University ST: West Virginia IN: SU:


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