Cooley offers $1 million testamentary pledge
Dr. E. Wayne Cooley and his wife, Wendy, have offered a $1 million testamentary pledge to help build a proposed new $26 million science center for Buena Vista University's campus.
The science center campaign began its public phase with the March 7 announcement of a $13 million matching challenge gift offered by an anonymous donor.
Thanks in large part to the generosity of the Cooleys, the University has met the first deadline set by the anonymous donor to have two-thirds of the matching funds committed by February 28. The anonymous donor has stipulated that the remaining one-third of the match must be committed by September 30, entirely from philanthropic sources.
"I have been greatly impressed by the response of alumni and friends like Wayne and Wendy Cooley to this campaign," said BVU President Fred Moore. "However, I am not surprised. Whenever the University has faced a critical need for its programs and students, it seems that those who have been associated with BVU have found a meaningful way to help us rise to the occasion."
"We saw how we had the ability to make a meaningful gift in keeping with the spirit of the challenge by the anonymous donor," said Cooley, a 1944 graduate of Buena Vista College. "The significance of the donor's belief in the crucial need for this project only furthered our resolve to help the University meet the challenge."
Cooley became a member of the BVU Board of Trustees in 1993 and currently serves on the Investment Committee. The Cooleys live in Des Moines, where Wayne is the executive director for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. He has also served as executive vice president of the Iowa High School Speech Association, on the Board of Directors of Women's College Basketball Association Hall of Fame, as honorary chair of the Iowa Heart Association, as a member of the Drake Relays Executive Committee and as vice chair of the Iowa Games. He is also a director of three banking institutions.
The Cooleys joined many other private donors who supplied leadership gifts toward the construction and operation of this major capitol project in order to meet the first part of the anonymous donor's challenge.
"Now widespread support is crucial to our success in these final months of the campaign," explained Ken Converse, vice president for institutional advancement at BVU. "The challenge that the anonymous donor has presented is great, but it also presents an unprecedented opportunity for all BVU supporters to effectively double their pledge commitment to this project because of the dollar-for-dollar match."
Anyone interested in receiving more information on how to support the Science Center Challenge can contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at Buena Vista University at 712-749-2101.