Southern West Virginia and Technical College launched a multi-year Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign on September 7, 2006. As of December 31, 2008, the campaign reached its 2010 seven-year goal of $7,000,000. Phase two of the campaign began in January 2010 with an additional seven million dollar goal.
Investments from this innovative undertaking has permitted Southern to grow new and expand current credit and non-credit programs, support the construction of the new Center for Allied Health and Technology, and expand workforce development efforts in the areas of coal mining, natural gas exploration, computer technology and allied health, and marketing. With limited state dollars, the Foundation and College realized their vision had to involve not only these entities, but also the community if we were to provide a strong economic and academic future for Southern West Virginia.
Since 2006, Southern has been fortunate in having Mr. James H. "Buck" Harless, local businessman and entrepreneur, to serve as its Honorary Chairman for the Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign. The success of the campaign and support by the local communities has been extraordinary due to his leadership. We are saddened by the passing of Mr. Harless on January 1, 2014. The campaign has surpassed its goals because of his vision and direction. Campaign oversight has been passed to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation Board of Directors and its president, Mr. George Kostas.