Mississippi Valley Launches $25 Million Campaign
ITTA BENA, Miss. — Mississippi Valley State University is undertaking the largest private campaign in its history, a five-year $25 million fund drive to enhance scholarships, attract top faculty, and upgrade academic programs. “We’re asking people to dig a little deeper,” Mississippi Valley’s president, Dr. Lester C. Newman, told hundreds of supporters at a Founder’s Day convocation last month. The campaign is the heart of Newman’s administration. The Southern University alumnus was inaugurated last month as the school’s fifth president. The fund-raising effort will help Newman build what he calls a “Valley of Scholars” at the historically Black university. The drive, he says, will also be a major theme as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.
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