As I begin my seventh year
at Governors State University, I have never been more excited about our future.
This remarkable university is continuously evolving to meet the challenges of
the future with innovative and renewed spirit while maintaining its tradition
of excellence, accessibility, and community partnership. For over 49 years, our
mission has been to inspire meaningful education, faculty excellence, and
personal and professional success for our students. The Governors State
University Foundation supports these efforts by building relationships that
transform the lives and legacies of our students and imbues our partners—the gracious
collaborators and generous donors who contribute to that transformation and
growth—with a sense of satisfaction and pride.
Being faculty oriented
and student centered, it is our goal to ensure students have access to
scholarships, faculty have the resources that allow them to offer rigorous
coursework and conduct their research, and to provide opportunities for our
external community to participate as highly valued collaborators for collective
impact. Additionally, we strive to enhance our relationships with our 50,000
alumni. It is because of our alumni GSU can stand strong and with our heads up.
Our alumni are making a difference in corporate boardrooms, laboratories, classrooms,
hospitals, law practices, and many other sectors of industry.
Through our Alumni
Association, we provide networking, professional development, mentoring, and
leadership opportunities with one another as well as our external contacts. To
our engaged alumni, thank you, thank you for your time, advocacy, feedback, and
your financial contributions! To alumnus who have yet to participate with us,
please join us in propelling the lives of our students forward; help pave the
way for them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Your mentoring,
volunteer leadership, referral for an internship/job opportunity may prove to
be the difference in their success, you may already know that yourself.
As Vice President of Institutional
Advancement and CEO of the Foundation, I intend to build on the successes of
recent years by working with the campus community, alumni and friends, public
and private organizations, and leaders to ensure that GSU facilitates and
contributes to the success of this region. With approximately ninety percent of
alumni residing in the local community, it is my goal to unify the area and
build a bridge between public, private, and municipal entities for the
betterment of all. A public university is a public asset, a convener of
ambition and growth that is open to everyone.
In 2019, Governors
State will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This milestone will extol
GSU’s past and future. As we commemorate the last 50 years of excellence in
higher education, we step into our next five decades of distinction. In
celebration, we will continue the innovation in which we were established,
highlight alumni and students whose persistence lead them to life changing
accomplishments, celebrate faculty and faculty emeriti/retirees, and our
friends and community members who make us strong. We will ask you to continue
and/or join our constituents in building our house of philanthropic support. Whether
your passion is for scholarships, academic programs, athletics, alumni, or
another area, your annual investment in GSU provides students and faculty with the
resources they need to achieve their academic ambitions and career goals. Please—invest
in your interest at GSU, all of us participating in giving add up to our student’s greatness.
Please do not hesitate
to contact my office if you desire more information, have questions, or would
like to volunteer. We look forward to working in partnership with you as we
continue our momentum to transform lives and march towards our 50th Anniversary
William (Will) A. Davis
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
CEO, Governors State University Foundation