Final totals for the Campaign for Appalachian

The Campaign for Appalachian raised $203,593,769 in support of academics, the arts and athletics
at Appalachian State University, surpassing its $200 million goal.

Academics: Goal $136.8 million, Raised $142.9 million; Arts: Goal $13.2 million, Raised $17.8 million; Athletics: Goal $50 million, Raised $42.8 million

“As we face reductions in state funding and work diligently to keep tuition and fee increases in balance, private funding continues to be more instrumental every day in providing our students, faculty and staff with the resources they need to succeed at the highest level.”
– Chancellor Sheri N. Everts.

About the gifts:

• More than half of the campaign total – $112,484,191 – came from cash and in-kind gifts.

10 professorships were established.

$107.6 million was directed to program support across the university.

$9.8 million was designated for programs and activities that support faculty and staff.

$45.7 million was earmarked for scholarship support.

$32.7 million was contributed to support new facilities or the renovation of facilities on campus.

About the Campaign for Appalachian:

The Campaign for Appalachian was the university’s largest fundraising effort to date. The previous campaign, The Campaign for the Second Century, concluded in December 2002 after exceeding its original $50 million goal by raising $83.2 million.

“It was a group effort,” Carole Wilson ’75, a member of Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of the campaign steering committee, said of work undertaken by university volunteers, board members and fundraising staff.

“It has taken the entire Appalachian Family to exceed the $200 million goal. I especially am grateful for the invaluable assistance of the campaign steering committee and campaign co-chairs Brad and Carole Wilson, members of the Board of Trustees, Appalachian State University Foundation, Board of Visitors and Appalachian Alumni Council,” she said. “Their guidance helped my team in University Advancement exceed our fundraising goal.”

Campaign steering committee:

Their commitments

• A major commitment from Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer of Blowing Rock and Florida paved the way for the opening of the renovated Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, and provides continued resources for An Appalachian Summer Festival.

• A major commitment from Brad ’75 and Carole ’75 Wilson of Raleigh established the Wilson Scholars Program, Appalachian’s premier merit scholarship program.

• A major commitment from Alice G. Roess of Blowing Rock will benefit international travel experiences for students in the Holland Fellows Program for Business Study in Asia Endowment, the arts and athletics.

• A major commitment from Don ’78 and Pat Phillips of Ashe County and Florida will support the College of Health Sciences, Belk Library and Information Commons and athletics.

• A major gift from George G. Beasley ’58 of Florida established the George G. Beasley Media Complex.

• A major gift from Walter and Martha Ann Murray of Winston-Salem supports the Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) scholarship program.


Brad ’75 and Carole ’75 Wilson, co-chairs
George G. Beasley ’58
Avery B. Hall ’93
Martha Ann Murray
Walter V. Murray
Don Phillips ’72
Pat Phillips
Alice G. Roess
Bonnie Schaefer
Jamie Schaefer
Michael Steinback
Cathy Steinback
J. Douglas Williams ’83

About the donors:

121,612 individual gifts and pledges were made to the Appalachian State University Foundation in support of the university.

18,945 alumni contributed or pledged $72,229,284 to the campaign.

• Commitments from 2,554 corporations and foundations totaled $55,580,335.

10,148 parents contributed or pledged $24,617,558.

8,438 friends of the university contributed or pledged $56,264,122.

1,846 current and former faculty and staff contributed $6,321,929.

2,356 students donated $70,147.

NOTE: Donors were counted in more than one category depending on their university affiliation, i.e. employee and alumnus, parent and alumnus, etc.