RJR NABISCO AWARDS $500,000 GRANT TO FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The RJR Nabisco Foundation made a $500,000 contribution to Fayetteville State University's capital fundraising campaign today, citing the University's outreach programs with local public schools and its contributions to the regional economy.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of New York-based RJR Nabisco, Inc., presented the first installment of the three-year gift to Chancellor Lloyd V. Hackley during a reception of business, education, and civic leaders on the campus. Gerstner was introduced by U.S. Congressman Charlie Rose, whose district includes the University and surrounding area.
Hackley said the gift puts the University very close to reaching its $4 million campaign goal. Three-fourths of the campaign funds will be used for scholarships for academically talented students, primarily from the Fayetteville area, with other funds going to the University's public school outreach programs, faculty enrichment, and capital improvements.
In his presentation, Gerstner commended Hackley for his leadership and personal commitment to K-12 public school education in the local community. Fayetteville State students and faculty are involved in six public schools compacts with Cumberland County schools, providing a variety of early intervention programs including tutoring, mentoring, and career counseling. FSU scholarships are provided as incentives for students who significantly improve their performance.
This was the second RJR Nabisco grant for educational support in the Fayetteville area in as many years. Last year, Douglas Byrd Junior High School won a three-year, $685,000 grant from the RJR Nabisco Foundation's Next Century Schools program, which funds radical ideas for education reform at the school house level. The concept for the grant- winning program at Douglas Byrd grew out of an idea developed by Fayetteville State students working with the local school system.
In his remarks, Gerstner also emphasized FSU's economic impact on the Fayetteville area and throughout the southeastern region of North Carolina. FSU will have a $700 million impact on the regional economy over the next five years, he said. In addition, the majority of the University's nearly 4,000 students come from the local area and remain there after graduation, contributing to the kind of educated work force employers seek when planning to build or relocate facilities.
Dr. Jesse Williams of Fayetteville, chairman of the FSU board of trustees, and Larry Shaw, Fayetteville businessman and chairman of the FSU Foundation, welcomed Gertsner to the campus, along with Sam Poole of Raleigh, chairman of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.
North Carolina is the home of three RJR Nabisco companies: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Planters LifeSavers Co., and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc., all in Winston-Salem.
Fayetteville State's student body has nearly doubled in the past ten years and today it is the fastest-growing and most rapidly improving University in the state. Student enrollment has increased by 42 percent since 1987, and average SAT scores for entering freshmen have improved by over 30 percent in the same period.
Remarks by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
Nov. 15, 1991
I made a special trip to come out here, and I'm very glad I did. When Charlie Rose brought FSU to my attention, I was very excited to learn more about it, because it was clear that FSU and RJR Nabisco share some common concerns: Both organizations have made improving the quality of education -- especially K-12 public education -- a high priority; We both seek to promote economic development in our local communities.
FSU's 124-year history of education leadership has been further strengthened by Chancellor Hackley's personal commitment to public education. Under him, FSU continues to explore innovative -- and action-oriented -- solutions to educational problems: FSU's public education outreach programs currently include no fewer than six public school compacts. Today, over 200 FSU students, along with faculty members, are working in early intervention and bridge programs, including tutoring, mentoring, and career counseling. I was very happy to learn that some of the funds from the RJR Nabisco gift will be used to support public school partnership programs, including FSU scholarships for students who improve their performance.
Our organizations' mutual concern for education has recently yielded another joint venture of sorts. A collaboration between FSU students and Douglas Byrd Junior High School produced a new educational approach called the Star Concept. This concept recently won a three-year, $685,000 grant from the RJR Nabisco Foundation's Next Century Schools Program, which funds radical ideas for education reform at the school house level.
In addition to its educational leadership, FSU makes a major economic contribution to the Fayetteville Area and throughout the Southeastern region of North Carolina. Over the next five years, FSU will have a $700 million impact on the local economy. But perhaps just as importantly, the majority of the students FSU serves come from the surrounding Cape Fear Area -- and remain here after graduation. That means that FSU contributes significantly to the kind of quality educated work force employers seek when planning to build or relocate facilities.
It isn't often that by making a single contribution, a company can help make so many things possible. That's why I'm glad Charlie Rose took the time to let me know more about Fayetteville State University -- and why I'm glad to present you with this contribution to your capital fund.
ABOUT FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
Fayetteville State University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina since 1972, had its genesis in the Howard School founded in 1867. It is the second-oldest state- supported institution in North Carolina and one of the oldest teacher education institutions in the South.
Today, Fayetteville State University is a Comprehensive Level I Institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees as well as master's degrees in business, education, teaching, psychology, biology, math and history. FSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and its teacher education programs, which rank among the top 10 in North Carolina, are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). FSU has grown from a one-building school to a campus of 40 buildings and 156 acres. Of the 183 full-time faculty, 76 percent hold doctoral degrees, one of the highest percentages among the 111 non-research, degree-granting institutions in North Carolina.
Fayetteville State University has had dramatic student enrollment growth of 42 percent in the fast five years, coupled with the largest increase in composite SAT scores in the entire UNC system -- 35 percent -- in the past decade. With pace-setting achievements such as these, Fayetteville State is fast becoming southeastern North Carolina's top up-and-coming regional university.
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