Concord University Hosts Celebration, Leaders Announce $25 Million Goal for Capital Campaign

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 12 2004

Concord University Hosts Celebration, Leaders Announce $25 Million Goal for Capital Campaign

Athens, W.Va. – In front of Concord University alumni, friends and officials, David A. Barnette announced a campaign to raise money for student scholarships, faculty development and facilities for Concord University. The festivities were held in Tamarack’s “Grand Ballroom A,” Thursday, August 12. The theme for the campaign will be “Concord at the Crossroads.”

Barnette is a graduate of Concord and serves the University as vice chair of the Concord University Foundation and chair for the capital campaign. He is a member of Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston.

Barnette, in part, said, “We have entered the public phase of the Concord University capital campaign. We have raised over $19 million and we have a goal to raise at least $25 million. The University has a strong need for scholarship funds and we have a very aggressive program to bring to life the Interfaith Chapel which has been a 20 year project at Concord University. We have started an entrepreneurial studies program, which we believe will provide a new generation of business people in West Virginia. And finally, but certainly not the least, our athletic scholarships need funding and our facilities are in great need of improvement for not only the athletic team but the entire community. Concord University has a long tradition, 130 years of excellence, and we think we are currently at the crossroads, and with the help of foundations, the general public and business, we will be able to achieve our $25 million goal.”

An inspiring video presentation was shown to the gathering of more than 100, after which Concord President Jerry Beasley spoke.

“For more than 50 years, there has been a need for a master’s program in southern West Virginia. Since senate bill 653 passed several years ago, Concord has been re-positioned to meet those needs. In addition, the legislature, in two acts, has provided very generous support for our new technology center that will cost roughly $10 million. We are deeply grateful for what the legislature has done in very difficult times, to provide for the future of Concord and the services we offer the people in our region.

“One purpose of this campaign is very unusual for a public institution, and that is the desire to build an interfaith chapel and an alumni center on our campus. There is a wall that separates church from state, and we are aware of all the admonitions and cautions that go with that history of the separation of church and state. After 20 years, however, one of the things that I have seen in teachers, social workers, and others who are in the ‘helping’ professions, is that they are often animated by the presence of faith. We want to provide a place where those of faith can give our students encouragement. We are confident that it will happen and we need your help—as Dave said—to do the job that Concord has been doing since 1872.”

Beasley also discussed other campaign goals, including the entrepreneurial studies program.

“I see the entrepreneurial studies program as a means of changing our culture from victims who are in need of assistance to a people who can see opportunities and transform southern West Virginia.”

The University’s foundation has raised $19 million to date.

Funds generated will support student scholarships, faculty and facilities.

Noted businessperson and philanthropist James H. “Buck” Harless of Gilbert is honorary chair for the campaign.

The event at Tamarack was hosted by Susan Landis from Beckley, and the Concord University Foundation.

For more information, contact Associate Vice President for Development Loretta Young, 1-304-384-5257 or


PHOTO: Concord University President Jerry Beasley and Capital Campaign Chair David Barnette