University Advancement

Ralph Patterson
Ralph Patterson

A message from Ralph Patterson, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of The Lander Foundation

Dear Lander University Alumni and Friends,

We have something really special at The Lander Foundation.

We have 2,192 donors who cared enough last year to help this remarkable institution with a gift. I have witnessed firsthand what we have been able to accomplish through the collective efforts of our alumni and friends, faculty and staff, trustees, loyal volunteers, foundations, corporations and generous donors.

My primary workload for this year has been to prepare for a comprehensive campaign for Lander University. Annual gifts, capital gifts and planned gifts will be incredibly important to securing new and improved opportunities for our students and faculty. In the months ahead, you will learn more about our campaign initiatives and I hope that you will find in your heart a place for Lander in your charitable giving.

Finally, the success of The Lander Foundation is a clear reflection of the faith and confidence that our Lander community has in our institution. I am proud to be a part of the Lander University family, and I thank all of you who graciously give your endless support to our institution. That support is essential in building a strong future for this university.

Forever Lander LogoWhile gifts to all areas of the university are needed and welcomed, there are a few areas where you, as a donor, can make a significant and immediate impact:

  • Scholarship support for Lander students
  • Faculty and staff excellence
  • Maintaining and creating outstanding facilities

Because of you, The Lander Foundation experienced another fine year, raising nearly $2 million in gifts. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to these individuals, families, corporations and foundations whose gifts have a profound effect on what we provide each and every day for our students. If you haven’t yet made a gift this year, I hope you will consider it. Lander students and faculty are worth supporting!


Ralph Patterson
Vice President for University Advancement and
Executive Director of The Lander Foundation
Phone: 864-388-8350