Columbus State University : The First Choice Campaign Columbus State University Logo


To continue attracting and retaining first choice students and faculty; to enable us to continue constructing world-class facilities; to endow us with the means to enhance our academic and athletics programs; and, most importantly, to create a culture of pride, where everyone is an ambassador of Columbus State University, we are announcing the First Choice Comprehensive Campaign.

Join us in achieving our strategic vision :

Columbus State University strives to be a first choice institution for discerning students who seek challenging programs, engaged faculty, and a vibrant, globally connected campus culture.

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Gifts and Commitments to Date


Goal : $105 Million

Campaign Priorities


College of the Arts

  • Bo Bartlett Center: $9 million
  • RiverPark Library: $2 million
  • CSU Fund: $2 million
  • Case Statement

Turner College of Business

  • Endowed Student Scholarships: $1.25 million
  • School of Accountancy: $2.5 million
  • Professorships: $2 million
  • Center for Commerce and Technology Addition: $8 million
  • CSU Fund: $2 million
  • Case Statement

College of Education and Health Professions


College of Letters and Sciences

  • STEM Solutions: $3 million
  • Professorships: $2.5 million
  • Endowed Student Scholarships: $1.25 million
  • Student Research & Learning Lab Corridor-Lenoir: $2 million
  • CSU Fund: $2 million
  • Case Statement

Honors College

  • Endowed Student Scholarships: $6 million
  • Educational Activity Endowment: $8 million
  • CSU Fund: $1 million
  • Case Statement



Institutional Priorities

  • Servant Leadership Program: $5 million
  • CSU Fund: $3.5 million

Campaign Video

Press Releases

First Choice Campaign Cabinet Members

Phil Tomlinson, Chair

Retired Chairman of TSYS

Jimmy Yancey (Alumnus)

Retired, Chairman of the Board, Synovus

Gardiner Garrard

Chairman, Jordan Co.

Bill Reaves (Alumnus)

President/Owner, Containers by Reaves

Janet Davis (Alumna)

President/CEO, Kinetic Credit Union

Teddie Ussery

Family Office Matters

Chris Woodruff

The Cotton Companies

Tony Link

Chair, CSU Foundation Board of Trustees

Retired, SunTrust Bank

Nancy Buntin (Alumna)

Retired, Sr. Vice President for Community Services, Synovus

Jack Key III

Retired, Real Estate Professional

Wade Burford (Alumnus)

President/CEO, CB&T of East Alabama

Greg Davis

President/CEO, Davis Broadcasting

Glenn Stokes

Columbus State University Professor of Biology