The goal was originally $40 million however; it was reached and exceeded a year early, with original dates from October 2005 through June 2015.
According to Executive Director of the DSU Alumni-Foundation Keith Fulcher, "The vision and the courage to raise big money is really fairly new to Delta State. We are here to celebrate the third ever, formal, official campaign for Delta State."
"One of the greatest satisfactions that I've experienced in making gifts to the university has been meeting these students who are recipients of private funded scholarships. I encourage you to read the newspaper containing thank you notes and letters and to watch the videos of students expressing their appreciation to those of you who have provided these scholarship dollars," said Anne Weissinger, president of the Delta State University Foundation Board.
"Dear Alumni Foundation staff and university, congratulations on the successful funding project. Eloise and I regret we are unable to attend the celebration. Our hearts will be with you all," said Hugh Ellis Walker in a letter read by Patrick Davis, secretary of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors.
"This really is indeed a great day for Delta State. We celebrate the conclusion of our campaign for Delta State. It is my honor to serve as campaign co-chair with my mentor and old friend President Emeritus Kent Wyatt. I hope you all consider this a journey, a meaningful one, as we have accomplished a lot of great work," said Mitchell.
"Nothing is more important than the power of the individual. I will tell you that two-thirds of the funds for this campaign came from individuals during a time where many people saw their incomes level off or decrease. Individuals are supporting Delta State now more than ever before and much of it has to do with positive atmosphere," he said.
"This is a great day as we celebrate the conclusion of this campaign," said co-chair Kent Wyatt.
As he discussed those important to the campaign, Wyatt said, "Ned has been the glue that held the campaign together."
Wyatt then thanked the institutional grants office at DSU and discussed the importance of private grants.
Before revealing the amount raised DSU President Bill LaForge said, "The students are our rationale. We are no longer a hidden treasure in the Delta. The treasure is there but not the hidden part … all it takes is to get them (students) on campus and then they are hooked."
LaForge continued that the campaign began before he became president at the university and "it has been great to see it developed because most didn't happen under my watch. I don't take any credit."
With a drumroll from the DSU drum line, the foundation board and campaign chairs unveiled the funds raised as $43,317, 554.63.
The campaign has resulted in the creation and enhancement of scores of scholarship funds, strengthened academic programs, supported new initiatives to benefit faculty, staff and students, and propelled community and regional partnerships.
To learn more about the campaign or to make a donation to the university visit www.deltastategiving.org.