West Virginia University is moving toward unprecedented accomplishments and can boast of excellence in leadership, academics, athletics, and philanthropic support. Together, as a passionately committed University family, we have stepped into the national and international spotlight. We know who we are—and where we’re going. We transform lives. 

With the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, which established WVU, we are extending our footprint. WVU is not only vital to West Virginia; we are becoming just as important to the nation and to the world.

There’s a reason why the signature formation of the Mountaineer Marching Band is the state of West Virginia. It’s because our founding commitment to the state drives every decision we make, every idea we ignite. Mountaineer pride is transcendent. The needs of our citizens come first—and then we share our solutions and innovations wherever they can make a difference. We are leaders in energy research because our state’s economy is connected to coal and natural gas—but China needs our solutions too. We address health disparities that are prevalent in rural West Virginia—and find the knowledge we create can also help people in California or Guatemala or India. Our service engine—from extension programs to K–12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camps—is a national model for best practices.

Planning for the Future

While WVU’s momentum stems from our historic land-grant roots, we are driven by the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future. The 2020 Plan defines our destination and the steps to take along the journey as we fulfill our vision to attain “national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia” with its five carefully crafted strategic initiatives:

  1. Engage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a challenging academic environment.
  2. Excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in all disciplines.
  3. Foster diversity and an inclusive culture.
  4. Advance international activity and global engagement.
  5. Enhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia.

What do these strategic initiatives mean in the context of a fundraising campaign? They represent the rallying cry that is bringing students, scholars, and leaders of WVU together like never before. They represent the common bond that unites us with West Virginia and positions us to lead the national and global dialog on issues critical to West Virginia and the world: energy, sustainability, technology, business, education, healthcare, and more.

By investing in A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University, you are investing in impact. You are making a meaningful commitment to people everywhere—to society itself.

West Virginia is a State of Minds. Thinkers. Dreamers. Caregivers. Educators. Innovators. Healers. The Campaign for West Virginia’s University celebrates all we are and all we can be.