Columbus State University (CSU) recently completed its First Choice Comprehensive Capital Campaign, raising roughly $120 million from 8,000 alumni and community donors since the campaign began in 2012. Nearly 40 percent of donors were alumni who gave more than $17 million and 52 percent were non-alumni individuals who contributed more than $55 million. Corporations and foundations accounted for 8 percent of the donors and contributed approximately $44 million. Among the corporate supporters were Synovus, TSYS, Pezold Management Group and W.C. Bradley Co.
Highlights of the campaign’s impact on students and the community include:
- 42 new endowed scholarships
- Nine capital projects including the Bo Bartlett Center, a multidisciplinary teaching and research facility for the arts located in Uptown Columbus; Frank D. Brown Hall, which houses CSU’s education and nursing programs, also Uptown; the John W. Walden Tennis Center, home of CSU’s nationally ranked tennis teams; the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity; the Sanders Center for Laboratory Sciences; and major renovations or additions to Pasaquan, the Burger King Stadium and the Synovus Center for Commerce and Technology.
- Creation of three new endowed faculty chairs and 10 new endowed program funds
The campaign is also estimated to make a $295 million annual economic impact on the regional community.
Photo, from left, Emory J. Alexander, M.D., chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees; Phil Tomlinson, chair of the First Choice Campaign; and CSU President Chris Markwood
Photo provided by CSU.