Founded in 1870, CFAES is Ohio State’s cornerstone college. That’s 150 years of delivering the land-grant mission—teaching agriculture, science, and engineering—at one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive universities.
This milestone arrives at a remarkable moment of opportunity for the university’s and the college’s alumni, students, faculty, staff, partners, and entire Ohio community as we come together as one.
Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign, the university’s historic, comprehensive fundraising campaign that launched during homecoming week in October, coincides with the beginning of celebrations for the 150th anniversary for both the university and the college.
For its part, CFAES has a goal of raising $225 million in private support focusing on new campaign funds created to embody the following priorities.
Through innovative educational opportunities and a complete portfolio of programs, CFAES will focus on students of all ages and across all areas of food, agricultural, and environmental systems. The CFAES Student Success Fund (#316752) supports staffing needs and initiatives in areas centered around K–12 education through Ohio 4-H youth development, preparing CFAES’ enrolled students to become future scientists and leaders, updating current industry personnel with recertification and advisory programs, and offering outreach services to the public through OSU Extension.
DISCOVERY AND TRANSLATING RESEARCH
CFAES will bridge research to advance scientific discovery, understanding, and practical application to engage its many stakeholders. The CFAES Translating Research Fund (#316753) helps provide staff and resources for undertaking research projects in agriculture, food production, and environmental sustainability, and sharing relevant findings relatable to industry and the general public.
A 261-acre core for teaching, research, and community engagement, Waterman is located on the Columbus campus. Capital investments at Waterman will include a modernized dairy farm and three new cutting-edge facilities, one of which, the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, has already opened. That will be followed by the Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex and a multispecies animal learning center. The Waterman Facilities Fund (#316494) supports capital investment at Waterman, including but not limited to design, construction, maintenance, and/or renovations.
The campaign’s priorities align with Ohio State’s strategic planning efforts and address CFAES’ four grand challenges. These challenges represent some of the world’s most significant issues: sustainability; one health—the integration of human, animal, and environmental health; the rural-urban interface; and preparing the next generation of scientists and leaders.
With your support, a successful campaign will enable CFAES to achieve its potential for the public good and continue the land-grant mission to disseminate knowledge and education to its communities for the next 150 years.