CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — West Texas A&M University officials have announced the new One West campaign saying it is the largest fundraising campaign in Texas Panhandle history.
WT announced the launch of the One West campaign saying this fundraising campaign will raise $125 million over the next five years.
WT said it has already raised $80 million in this effort — more than 64% of its total goal.
University officials said the campaign will fuel their long-term plan WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.
During the kickstart event, WT students showed off their innovations, technology, and research and what the future looks like with these funds.
WT’s Vice President for Philanthropy and External Relations, Dr. Todd Rasberry, said the funds will impact not only the university but the Panhandle as a whole.
“So the $125 million will be an important impact. It will help create endowments. It will also provide funds for both current and existing programs, programs that we want to expand to programs that will address issues across the panhandle, and what it means to be a regional research institution. We take that very seriously,” said Dr. Rasberry.
The university said the funds raised from the campaign will be put into each part of the university including each of the six colleges and graduate school, from athletics to the Panhandle Historical Museum.
WT said anything under its umbrella can be funded through this campaign.
The university continues by saying the campaign will focus on people, places, and programs.
Dr. Rasberry said the growth that University President Dr. Walter Wendler wants to see is people, his goal, to have 15,000 traditional students.