Page 1

The Campaign for Louisiana State University

A few short years ago,


goals, and we did. Thanks to you, $798 million was raised,

vision was launched of LSU becoming a flagship university and

endowing 794 new scholarships, 429 new professorships, and

being recognized as a world-class institution. We knew we were

36 new chairs. Also, the Business Education Complex is under

on the cusp of becoming elite in terms of students, faculty, and

construction, as is the LSU Band Hall. LSU has ascended to the

staff, but we had to find a way to fund that vision other than

top tier of American universities for the first time through your

from increased state funding or tuition increases alone. We

dedication and contributions. Now we have to stay there and

needed to increase private financial support to really make that

continue to improve, so our private support must also continue

vision a reality.

in the future. But through you, Forever LSU has reinforced for

Therefore, the university’s leadership made the historic decision to reach out to you to make the Flagship Agenda happen—

our flagship university a solid foundation from which to build as we enter our second 150 years.

to add endowed chairs and professorships, increase student

Much like the iconic arches that line our beautiful campus,

scholarships, and build a new Business Education Complex

you have provided support, stability, and a path forward

and LSU Band Hall. The Forever LSU campaign was the vessel

to the future of our great university. You are an integral part

through which we would engage you to meet these historic

of the rich history and tradition of LSU...and you will be forever.

Congressman W. Henson Moore Forever LSU Campaign Chair

You did it.

You made it possible for the Forever

It is with tremendous pride and gratitude that we share with

LSU campaign to not just meet, but to greatly exceed the most

you that more than 61,000 friends and alumni contributed

ambitious fundraising goal in LSU’s 150-year history. And, you

almost $800 million to Forever LSU to support LSU, the LSU

did it despite the extraordinary impact of major hurricanes and

AgCenter, and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. That this

the most difficult economic environment in decades.

community-wide support yielded such an outstanding result is

It has been a humbling, inspiring experience to usher in the

nothing short of remarkable.

successful conclusion of Forever LSU. We have been on campus

We hope you will enjoy reading this special publication, a

daily throughout the campaign, and that proximity has brought

celebration of just a handful of the myriad of achievements that

with it the privilege of being at the forefront of the countless

happened for one simple reason: Tigers gave.

successes Forever LSU has enjoyed. Yet, you have been the ones at the forefront of our minds throughout this journey. You are the reason for these successes. Forever LSU has been a successful partnership among the LSU Foundation, the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation, and the LSU Alumni Association. On behalf of our organizations, we thank you for joining us in this historic effort.

Forever LSU, Maj. Gen. William G. Bowdon, USMC (Retired) President and CEO, LSU Foundation (Retired June 30, 2011) Maj. Gen. R.G. Richard, USMC (Retired) President and CEO, Tiger Athletic Foundation Dr. Charlie W. Roberts President and CEO, LSU Alumni Association


A Top Tier Institution “This again proves what the faculty, staff, and students here already know, that LSU is one of the top universities in the nation. As Louisiana’s Flagship University, being ranked in the top tier not only brings recognition to our institution but to the state as a whole.” ~LSU Chancellor Michael Martin on the U.S. News & World Report designation of the university’s top tier status The Four Pillars of Support Forever LSU’s four pillars of support have reached across LSU, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the LSU AgCenter, touching everyone in a variety of ways. In the pages that follow, you will read about just a few of the many success stories that, without your contributions, would not have been possible.

“This again proves what the faculty, staff, and students here already know: that LSU is one of the top universities in the nation. As Louisiana’s flagship university, being ranked in the top tier not only brings recognition to our institution but to the state as a whole.” ~LSU Chancellor Michael Martin on the U.S. News & World Report designation of the university’s top-tier status

STUDENT SUPPORT FACULTY SUPPORT PROGRAM SUPPORT CAMPUS INFRASTRUCTURE Forever LSU’s four pillars of support have reached across LSU, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the LSU AgCenter, touching everyone in a variety of ways. In the pages that follow, you will read about just a few of the many success stories that, without your contributions, would not have been possible.



$124,493,449 to establish 794 endowed scholarships and thousands of nonendowed scholarships, awards, and other support


LSU’s academic standards have steadily risen over the past

based student scholarships and graduate fellowships, you

decade, which has resulted in a richer, more challenging,

have provided support to the next generation of problem

and intellectually stimulating environment for the entire

solvers, who are now better prepared to tackle our world’s

student body. Through your donations to merit- and need-

most pressing challenges.

A Covenant with In-Need Louisiana Students Established by LSU in fall 2007, the Pelican Promise Scholarship is awarded annually to students who are enrolled at LSU full time or are eligible for admission to LSU, are Louisiana residents, are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and come from families with an income less than or equal to 150 percent of the poverty level. Pelican Promise, the equivalent of tuition and the registration fee, makes attending LSU possible for more than 1,100 students who may have never become Tigers otherwise. IMPACT: Rigoberto “Rigo” Herrera-Zelaya Rigoberto “Rigo” Herrera-Zelaya is one such Tiger. His humility and desire to give back to LSU is an inspiration to us all. Without the Pelican Promise, his dreams may have been deferred.

“The Pelican Promise was the deciding factor in my coming to LSU. I come from a low-income family; my parents weren’t able to pay for anything for me, and I had to manage my finances to get to college. The Pelican Promise really takes off a lot of that burden. It has allowed me to continue studying here, and that’s really important to me because if I didn’t have it, I’d probably be considering other options.” ~ Rigoberto “Rigo” Herrera-Zelaya


Continuing Athletic Excellence The Tiger Athletic Foundation’s focus is leading the university in building a comprehensively superior athletic program. TAF created the Foundation of Champions, a general scholarship endowment fund, to provide a perpetual source of financial support for athletic scholarships in each sport. IMPACT: Matt Flynn Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate 2007 LSU Football National Champion


“I am honored to represent the Foundation of Champions Scholarship Program as a Legacy Player and to know the Boothby Family Scholarship will forever fund athletic scholarships. My time spent at LSU was very special to me, and I’m excited to know hundreds of others will have the same opportunity because of their special gift to endow an athletic scholarship.” ~ Matt Flynn



was raised in faculty and research support. 429 endowed professorships funded 36 endowed faculty chairs funded A university cannot recruit the best students without

Our outstanding faculty continues to bring recognition and

having qualified faculty to educate and mentor them.

honor to LSU, upholding our long tradition of employing

Forever LSU raised funds for endowed chairs and

dynamic, innovative professors and researchers to educate

professorships, providing our faculty with the proper work

our students.

environment, complete with sophisticated, modern, wellequipped laboratory and research facilities.


A Pryor Commitment The Dr. William A. Pryor Professorships were begun in 2004 by

Dr. Pryor’s research on smog and oxidative stress led to new

Michael Griffith (PhD, 1968, chemistry), who was Dr. Pryor’s

insight into the toxicity of ozone. His studies of the chemistry

first doctoral student. Griffith began the professorship as a

of nitric oxide (NO) are also relevant to biochemistry because of

tribute to hisCommitment friend and mentor. Friends, family, and Dr. and A Pryor Mrs. Pryor themselves have generously contributed to the fund

the discovery that cells in the body produce NO and use it as a hormone. He also made numerous contributions to the use

with the goal of honoring Dr. Pryor’s legacy by reaching an

of antioxidants, such as vitamin E, in disease prevention.

endowed chair level of funding. And what a legacy it is. Boyd Professor Emeritus William A. Pryor is a pioneer in the field of free radical research. In the early part of his career, Dr. Pryor studied the role of free radicals in a variety of organic reactions. He showed early on that several kinds of free radicals are important in biochemistry as well, and also that similar reactive species in smog can enter the body through

Dr. Pryor was the founding director of both the Biodynamics Institute and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His research group has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Effects Institute, and a substantial number of national and international corporations. Research grants awarded to Dr. Pryor exceed $50 million.

the lungs and damage cells. Pictured: Dr. William A. Pryor (left) and Dr. Michael Griffith (right)




was raised in support of programs at LSU. LSU is committed to excellence across the spectrum,

have assisted the furthering of projects that state funding

offering curricula of the highest quality at the

could not. Both endowed and direct gift opportunities have

undergraduate and graduate levels and in the arts,

assisted nearly every department at LSU.

humanities, business, law, agriculture, military sciences, and sciences. University-wide support includes endowments that

Here are but a few of the programs that have been impacted by Forever LSU.


IMPACT: Since the program began, 5,500 students have planted more than 46,000 restoration plants on nearly 130 trips to Louisiana’s coastal areas. Coordinated by Associate Professor Pam Blanchard of the LSU College of Education, the program touched more than 40 schools in 18 parishes last year.

Strengthening Roots The LSU Coastal Roots Program received $11,337 from Plow & Hearth Country Store as part of the company’s “Campaign to Reforest America.” In July 2009, Plow & Hearth pledged to donate a tree for every transaction completed between October 15 and December 31 of that year. Thanks to higher than expected sales, the company donated more than 729,000 trees to be planted in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The amount LSU received is the equivalent of 226,739 seedlings. The LSU Coastal Roots program provides hands-on learning in environmental studies and science for grades 2-12. Students grow seedlings and grass plugs, which are transplanted to sites across Louisiana. 10

Community Service Oliver “Rick” Richard and his wife Donna pledged $500,000

By representing real clients with important legal issues, students

to the Forever LSU campaign. Half of their gift helped to fund

practice in local courts before administrative agencies and other

the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Clinical Legal Education

venues. This clinic is but one of many reasons that the LSU

Program, which expands experiential learning opportunities for

Paul M. Hebert Law Center is a top-tier law school according

students, while also providing a secondary benefit to lower-

to U.S. News & World Report.

income populations and local, state, and federal governments.

“The basis for lifetime learning I received provided me the

Through the Law Clinic and the program, the Law Center offers

opportunity throughout my career to interact with wonderful

second- and third-year students the opportunity to practice law

people in business, government, and the media to affect judicious

and represent in-need clients in the Baton Rouge community.

change,” said Rick Richard.

Like a medical school residency, students practice under close faculty supervision.



$399,774,397 was raised in support of facilities at LSU. LSU has one of the most beautiful campuses in the United

research-intensive universities in America. Your generous

States. It is a botanical joy that illustrates the heights of both

donations have helped us beautify, strengthen, and innovate

natural and human design. But it is not just about aesthetics;

our campus for the LSU of the future.

thanks to you, LSU now competes with some of the best


Opening with an Impact On March 19, 2010, the Business Education Complex, future home of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, began to take shape at the official groundbreaking. And “groundbreaking” is the perfect word to describe the state-of-the-art learning environment. Comprising 156,000 square feet of space, the BEC will accommodate undergraduate and graduate business students, executive education, and business community and college functions that previously have had to be held off site. Even when the BEC is finished being built, however, the act

“We’ll have one of the best facilities in the country for business. Not only are all the students going to see a beautiful building, they’ll also know that it was a private-public partnership. The donors lead by such a good example, so thank you for setting that example for me.”

of building will continue. The BEC will allow the strengthening of programs, initiatives, and the world’s future business workforce. By providing our faculty and students with this tremendous

~Anne-Marie Fontenot Business Major

advantage, the LSU E. J. Ourso College is giving them the means to compete with anyone.



Business Education Complex

Football Operations Center, including indoor and outdoor turf fields

Shaw Center for the Arts

Rural Life Museum Visitors Center

Veterinary Medicine Equine ICU

LSU Olinde Career Center

Clarence P. Cazalot Jr. Marathon Oil Corporation Atrium in the Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex

Basketball Practice Facility

New Softball Tiger Park

University High Renovations and Gym

Women’s Basketball Locker Room

Mike The Tiger’s New Habitat

New Alex Box Stadium


Major building projects not pictured include: Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes LSU Band Hall Tiger Stadium-West Side Pete Maravich Assembly Center Renovations LSU Soccer Stadium Old Alex Box Parking North Stadium Window Replacement LSU Golf Practice Facility University Club Golf Course Renovations Chemical Engineering Building Multiple classrooms, laboratories, and research space Frank H. Walk Design Presentation Room










233,595 Gifts & Pledges

Faculty Support


Campus Infrastructure


Student Support


Program Support


Unrestricted $5,214,261

$764,177,300 16

Private Giving

Regional Forever LSU Campaign Locations (Listed Alphabetically by State) California Los Angeles San Francisco Colorado Denver Florida Tampa Georgia Atlanta

Louisiana Acadiana Alexandria Baton Rouge Florida Parishes Houma/Thibodaux Lake Charles Monroe New Orleans Shreveport

New York New York Tennessee Nashville Texas Austin Dallas Houston Washington, D.C.

$700,000,000 $600,000,000 $500,000,000 $400,000,000 $300,000,000 $200,000,000 $100,000,000 0 Total Raised by Category

$122,551,853.76 Endowed

$641,625,438.96 Nonendowed

Private giving consisting of cash, pledges, in-kind gifts, and planned and testamentary giftsÂ

$34,040,000.00 State Match

Generated in-state matching funds (professorships & chairs through 6/30/2010)

As of December 31, 2010, donors to Forever LSU gave:

$798,217,300 17

Total raised from all funding sources

3838 West Lakeshore Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808

401-0002 • 19.1M • 8/11

Never Ending Thanks To All Of You

Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Baton Rouge, LA Permit No. 9

Forever LSU Thank You (Short)  
Forever LSU Thank You (Short)  

Forever LSU Campaign Report (short)