University's 'Lead On' campaign focuses on endowments, facilities, program growth

Pacific University has plans to raise $80 million by 2020.

is "about carrying a 168-year tradition of excellence and opportunity into a bright new future," the school's president Lesley Hallick said Wednesday, Nov. 22.

"From our earliest days as a school for Oregon Trail orphans, Pacific has always been about the sharing of knowledge and the opportunities afforded by an education," Hallick said. "The Lead On campaign will take that tradition forward as we work to make the Pacific experience affordable and accessible to more students and to give all of our students the opportunity to change their own lives and the lives of those around them."

The Lead On campaign will focus on three areas, Hallick said: endowments, particularly for student financial aid and program growth; learning facilities and resources; and investments in innovation and growth.

The university operates campuses in Hillsboro and Forest Grove, as well as Woodburn and Eugene.

Recent gifts to the university have already paved the way for a strong start, according to Hallick. In its "silent phase," the campaign has raised more than $43 million. Philanthropic giving to Pacific has increased 112 percent in the past five years.

In October, Pacific named its Forest Grove campus library in honor of alumni Khiem "Tim" and Thuy "Cathy" Tran, who started an endowment to support the teaching, learning and scholarly environment provided in Pacific University libraries. Pacific also named Ledbetter Field — home to the Boxers Division III football, soccer and lacrosse team — for supporters Kim and Barb Ledbetter. Kim Ledbetter, retired senior vice president of Standard Insurance Group, is a trustee at Pacific.

The Ledbetters are longtime supporters of the university's athletics programs and other endeavors.

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