West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill poses in from of the University’s welcome sign.

After raising $10 million as part of its ongoing, and first-ever capital campaign, West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill just announced a major increased fundraising goal to $18 million by 2017.

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According to the Charleston Gazette, campaign funds will go toward scholarships, academic programs, campus improvements and other initiatives.

“This outstanding achievement tells us all that we can do more thanks to the abundance of support from you, our community, alumni and friends. Together, we are achieving our goals that benefit the Yellow Jackets of today and those of tomorrow,” Hemphill said. “Our continued collaboration is vital to our university and the people of West Virginia and the region.”

The announcement was made Saturday during homecoming activities, a WVSU rep tells HBCU Buzz.