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Wayne State to launch $750M fundraising effort

October 6, 2014

To help Wayne State University reach its vision of becoming a renowned public urban research university, the Detroit-based school is spearheading a $750 million fundraising campaign. The campaign has been in the silent phase for five years. But the public part of the campaign will be unveiled Wednesday. It is expected to be completed in 2018, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of WSU's 1868 founding. "Being part of the city of Detroit, and the city's revitalization, we are excited to kick off the public portion of the campaign and work toward becoming a pre-eminent urban public research university," said Jennifer Harte, director of WSU development communications. The unveiling of the Wayne State campaign's priorities, and its theme, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the university's Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren. Featured speakers will include WSU President M. Roy Wilson, Board of Governors Chair Debbie Dingell, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Chacona W. Johnson, WSU vice president for development and alumni affairs.