As you read this annual report, the full meaning of why it’s a fantastic time to be a part of Marshall University should become readily apparent. In this, our 175th year of education, the vision that is being realized and the unparalleled support we have received mean that not only are we transforming the landscape of our beloved institution, we are preparing our students for the future in ways never before achievable at Marshall.
The support provided by individual donors, organizations, families and corporations has been the key difference-maker. Our most ardent supporters know that investing in our university is about more than laying bricks and mortar. Philanthropic giving often translates to powerful and compelling learning experiences for our students – ones that open new doors to discovery new possibilities, and ideas that alter lives and futures for the better. Perhaps it’s a gift that invests students with advanced tools, empowering technologies, or state-of-the-art learning environments. Or, perhaps it’s investments in engaging professors who recognize unseen potential in our students and ignite their passion for visualizing and touching their future, while instilling in them the courage to seize new opportunities in ways that transform. Whatever the investment is, the progress that has been achieved would not have been possible without our devoted donors and their commitment to making the vision of Marshall’s future a reality.
The work we do here every day propels us forward as a community, state, region, and nation. We know from history that an educated citizenry is the real wealth of nations. A simple truth is the higher the level of educational attainment, the greater the economic development opportunities for any state or nation. To that end, our donors clearly recognize the near-priceless value that a college education creates and that the most significant benefits accrue to our society and nation. Quite simply, history has proven irrefutably that no better investment can be made toward ensuring the security and future of our nation and people, than the investment we make as donors in advancing higher education and college degree attainment.
I humbly thank you for your loyal support of the Marshall University Foundation and the confidence you continue to place in our university.
President Stephen J. Kopp