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Anyone headed out to campus on Thursday to be a part of the launch?
The announcement, which follows five years of quiet fundraising that already brought in at least 60 percent of the campaign’s goal, comes one day after Khator marked her ninth anniversary leading the university system.
An additional $400 million will help Khator as she keeps striving to elevate UH academically and athletically to the same level as University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Once regarded as a commuter school, UH now lures top national faculty and more federal research money. Khator’s goal, though, is to gain admittance into the prestigious Association of American Universities group of the nation’s top research universities.
UH Philanthropy @UHPhilanthropy 2m2 minutes ago
$684,093,181.73…that’s how much this campaign has already raised! Now we go forward to reach $1 Billion by 2020. #UHHereWeGo #WeveGotThis
When did they start raising money for this campaign?
“Together with support of the Houston community, our business and industry partners, students, alumni and friends around the world, we have the momentum to meet and exceed our goals,” said UH President Renu Khator in the release. “It’s an ambitious campaign, but when the University of Houston dreams, we always dream big.”
The university says the campaign began in 2012 with a “quiet” phase. The fundraising effort is UH’s biggest in its 90-year history.
Khator said that the money will go to key priorities, like student scholarships, endowed professorships and athletics, but donors will get to decide which area or program they wan to support.
Campaign priorities include fundraising to support student scholarships and fellowships; state-of-the-art facilities; attracting and retaining top faculty; advancing academic programs, workforce training and research that fuel a healthy Houston economy; and building a nationally relevant athletics program. The campaign is led by volunteer co-chairs Tilman J. Fertitta (’78), Beth Madison (’72), John L. Nau III and Marvin E. Odum (M.B.A. ’95).
This will pump you up; video from the announcement tonight:
Learn about the University of Houston’s $1 billion campaign
Please watch this two-minute video to learn more about the University of Houston’s $1 billion campaign. The public kickoff Thursday includes a variety of fun, inspirational events for faculty, staff and students. #UHHereWeGo #HereWeGo2020
I love this campaign.
For those who can afford to contribute, please do. Given the number of alumni UH has in the Houston area, a little bit goes a long way.
We Coogs who live out of state or outside the Houston metro area, giving is a great way to participate with our alma mater.
Give and Go COOGS
So does ant giving go towards this campaign or does it have to be a specific fund or what?
I believe it can be anything, including Cougar Pride donations.
Edit to add: Daily Cougar did a roundup on the it: