State of Minds

In 2012, West Virginia University embarked on the public phase of the university-wide campaign to raise $750 million. At the WVU Eye Institute, our goal is to raise $8.4 million to advance our mission to prevent blindness and restore vision for the people of West Virginia.  We're half way there and we have until December 2015 to reach our goal.   

You can help us by contributing to the WVU Eye Institute during the campaign through education, research and service.  A State of Minds:  The Campaign for West Virginia's University is a way for us to come together—grateful patients who have benefitted from the Eye Institute's care and friends who believe in the promise of our work.  By investing in the following priorities, you will help transform lives by preserving sight and promoting vision care. 

  • Endowed Faculty Positions – Endowed chairs and professorships will give us an edge in recruitment:  these positions entice top faculty because of the prestige associated with holding a named chair and the assurance of dependable income to fuel their research.  Private support for endowed chairs will draw more talented teachers and researchers to WVU, where their talents and skills will help conquer West Virginia's most pressing vision problems.  Investment total:  $7 million
  • Endowed Student Support – Supporting our students ensures the future of vision care for the Mountain State. The WVU Eye Institute is the state's only training program for ophthalmologists.  Physicians who choose to specialize in ophthalmology complete a three-year program following medical school as well as an internship.  The Eye Institute also offers two fellowship programs for ophthalmologists to subspecialize in retina or oculoplastics.  Investment total:  $650,000
  • Endowed Opportunity Funds – What will be the next breakthrough in vision science?  And what will it take to capitalize on that development's promise?  Through the campaign, we ask committed friends to help establish an Opportunity Fund.  This endowment could be used to pioneer new types of vision care, encourage innovation in patient care and research, and generate sustainable support for charity care.  Investment Total:  $750,000
  • Naming the WVU Eye Institute – An opportunity is available to underwrite multiple transformational initiatives that can benefit the people of West Virginia and secure the Eye Institute's position as a leader in vision care education, research and service.  Contact the WVU Eye Institute to learn more about this opportunity. Click here for contact information.

Click here to view our campaign brochure, Investing in the Eye Institute.