In September, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Board of Regents Scholarship event recognizing outstanding faculty, alumni and friends, and a lifetime achievement award.  One of the presentations that evening was from Bridget Dixon, a student from another USG institution.  Her story is compelling, and one that many of us who have been on a university campus know well.  She spoke of the many challenges facing a first-generation student from a small town; learning new content, acclimating to course delivery, the impact of a pandemic, and family support. It is inspiring to hear how she is successfully navigating her educational journey, despite the challenges she has faced.  The consistent theme in her story is the ever-present challenge of finances and the uncertainty of where funding may come from each semester.  She is a determined and resourceful student who has found the available support through scholarships and institutional sources.  I know that she is grateful for the many individuals who believe in the University System of Georgia Foundation’s statement; “no one should be denied a quality college education because they cannot afford to attend”. 

In that spirit, I am pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2022 Annual Faculty and Staff Campaign.  Now, more than ever, it is important that we support the mission and goals of our University.    

I would encourage you to make a one-time donation or annual pledge to the fund or effort you are most passionate about.  Keep in mind payroll deduction is available.  

Click this link to find more information and make your gift or pledge today.  This campaign will run until December 2.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support the future of Valdosta State University. 

Thank You for your support. 

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A. Blake Pearce

Interim Vice President for University Advancement