Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, has announced gifts and pledges totaling more than $23.5 million in support of various capital projects.
Part of the school's $200 million Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign, the gifts include $10 million from an anonymous alumni couple, the single largest in the university's history, as well as $5 million from OWU board chair John F. Milligan and Kathryn Bradford Milligan (both '83); $4.2 million from trustee Katherine Boles Smith ('71) and Alton Smith; and $2.2 million from trustee Kara J. Trott ('93).
To date, the campaign has raised a total of $196 million in support of university priorities, including construction of senior student apartments, the transformation of Smith Hall into a first-year student village, and the restoration of Slocum Hall, a campus landmark and one of ten locations on campus included on the National Register of Historic Places.
"This is a momentous day for Ohio Wesleyan," said Rock Jones, the university's president. "The generosity shown by this couple, indeed by all of our donors, demonstrates their strong belief in the value of an OWU liberal arts education and in our mission to educate future generations of moral leaders for the global society. I am humbled and grateful for this outpouring of support."