1872 Club Salutes Concord University’s Rich History

For Immediate Release: 
Dec 01 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu





ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Foundation is launching an opportunity for giving that salutes Concord’s rich history.

Dr. David Harris of Hampstead, N.C. generously donated the funds that allow the Foundation to officially kick off the 1872 Club. Dr. Harris’ donation was made in memory of his father, D. Lee “Buck” Harris, a 1937 graduate of Concord.

While a student at Concord, Harris, who was from Jenkinjones, W.Va., served on the Pine Tree and Concordian staffs. He received an AB degree in English and Social Science and went on to earn a master’s degree in Mathematics from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Harris’ contribution of $18,720 created an unrestricted endowment in the Concord University Foundation.  This fund will be used to help provide scholarships or help offset the cost of campus projects as determined by the Foundation Board of Directors.

“Concord was founded on Feb. 28, 1872. This year, we want to honor our rich, 143-year history by getting 1,872 friends, alumni, and supporters to donate $18.72 (or increments of 1872) each. Upon donating, you will become a member of our ‘1872 Club’ and will receive a special gift to commemorate this honor,” Casie Justice, executive director of the Concord University Foundation, said.

“Only 22 percent of Concord University’s operating budget was funded by the state of West Virginia for fiscal year 2015. State appropriations have been reduced even further for 2016. This makes private giving more important than ever to keep a college education within reach for students and their families,” Justice said. “The goal of Concord University’s Annual Campaign is to raise money to start an unrestricted endowment fund that will be used to help provide scholarships, to fund various campus projects, and maintain and improve our campus.”

To become a member of the 1872 Club or for more information contact the Concord University Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 1405, Athens, WV 24712, foundation@concord.edu, http://www.concord.edu/cufoundation/node/13 or 304-384-6266.


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