For Athens State University to continue thriving and making a difference in the lives of the people of North Alabama and beyond, building a strong financial base is an absolute necessity. Athens Forever is an investment in the long-term future of Athens State. Our history records two such prior efforts, one in 1914 and another in 1925, both led by President Mary Norman Moore McCoy.
These efforts were launched to pay off building debt and establish an endowment. These campaigns struggled during times of world war and economic crisis. In 1975, a decision was made for then-private Athens College to become a state institution. The fiscal realities necessitated the transition – either become a part of the State of Alabama higher education system, or close. Due to the efforts of many, we were able to continue operations, but at a steep cost. Endowments and gifts of real estate were either transferred to other institutions or sold to pay debt.
Ensuring that the University has secured funds which generate income, both for scholarships and critical needs, will provide the cornerstone upon which the foundation for our future will be built. A firm foundation will help us support our commitment to students as we enter our third century as an institution of higher learning. Our ability to remain viable going forward is directly linked to your support. Now is our time – we invite you to help us build this foundation.