- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The University of Oregon has announced a $2 billion fundraising campaign and says it has more than $700 million in commitments so far.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/QXN9h8 ) that a primary goal of the ambitious effort announced Friday night will be hiring top scholars and researchers for the UO’s “clusters” of academic excellence.

The campaign is also expected to fund scholarships and provide support for students, faculty fellowships, expanded programs and research and capital construction.

The university launched what it calls the public phase of the campaign at an event at Hayward Field in Eugene that drew more than 700 people.

Interim President Scott Coltrane announced the goal during an event that featured videos and testimonials about past achievements and future potential for the university.

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