Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks and Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of university namesakes Wilbur and Orville Wright are helping to lead a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University that promises to further elevate the school’s prominence by expanding scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities.
Rise.Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University was formally announced by President David R. Hopkins Saturday, Oct. 18, before 600 students, faculty, staff, donors and other special guests at the Wright State University Nutter Center.
Over $107 million in gifts and pledges has already been raised, including a record number of gifts from alumni. At least 10 Wright State graduates have each pledged $1 million or more to the campaign.
“This campaign is all about student success. It will change Wright State forever and the generation of students to come,” said Hopkins. “It’s going to grow our prominence and relevance in 21st century education.”
A Carnegie-classified research university, Wright State University’s main campus is 12 miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio, near the historic landmarks where the Wright brothers taught the world to fly. The university operates a branch campus, Wright State University–Lake Campus, on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. Wright State serves nearly 18,000 students and offers more than 190 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools, including Professional Psychology and the Boonshoft School of Medicine. For more information, please visit: www.wright.edu