Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Honored with $250,000 Contribution

December 12, 2014 – by Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has received a $250,000 gift commitment to create a new endowed fund in support of faculty as part of the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign.

The anonymous gift recognizes the importance of maintaining a strong teaching staff that provides individual attention and mentoring both inside and outside the classroom. Because Ohio Wesleyan offers undergraduate degrees only, the university has no graduate teaching assistants; all faculty members are active and engaged classroom instructors.

“The donor recognizes the vital importance of faculty as the core of the educational experience for Ohio Wesleyan students,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “This gift will support our current professors and assist us in strategically hiring new faculty. We are grateful for this important contribution.”

“Having experienced Ohio Wesleyan as a student, parent, and Trustee, I understand the value of a liberal arts education as well as the value of a strong, talented, and engaged faculty,” the donor stated. “Our family is pleased to be able to create this new endowment to help support the transformative experiences of future generations of OWU students.”

Ohio Wesleyan launched the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign in July with the key objectives of enhancing access and affordability for students through scholarship endowment; recognizing and rewarding faculty excellence and innovation; and improving the physical campus. The leadership phase already has yielded more than $50 million in contributions and commitments.

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Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at