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Merten Campaign Heading for a Strong Finish

February 17, 2012

By Corey Jenkins Schaut, MPA ’07

The fundraising campaign currently under way to honor Alan and Sally Merten for their service to the university is steadily moving toward its goal, according to Marc Broderick, vice president for university development and alumni affairs.

“It is clear that the Mertens have had a strong impact on our community,” says Broderick. “We thank all of those who are showing their appreciation by supporting the university.”

The campaign began last summer with a $2 million lead gift from Jimmy Hazel, JD ’84. The gift was the largest ever from an alumnus. Since then, several donors have made major gifts in honor of the Mertens:

  • Randolph W. Church and Lucy C. Church, BIS ’81 and MPA ’86, co-chairs for the campaign, made a lead $25,000 gift to the Merten Scholars Endowment.
  • Nancy Davenport provided $50,000 to create the Bernie Cotton Physics Fellowships endowment.
  • FedBid, a company providing e-commerce solutions, made a $30,000 gift to the School of Management’s Center for Global Business Innovation and Transformation.
  • Robert R. Thomas, Jr., BS Economics ’84, provided $30,000 in scholarship support for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The campaign will wrap up with the April 28 black-tie gala celebrating the university’s 40th anniversary. The Mertens will be honored at the event, which will include a presentation of the commemorative “Legacy of Leadership” book containing the names of all who send best wishes to the couple. Members of the university community can add their name to the volume online.

The campaign’s overall goal is $5 million, with $4 million going to university priorities and $1 million specifically to the Merten Scholars Endowment, which will provide full-ride scholarships for Virginia students through the University Scholars program.

To make a contribution, visit the Merten Campaign’s giving page.