Message from the Foundation Chairman

WOW…What an awesome time to be an Eastern Washington University Eagle!

With the near completion of the Pence Union Building, ground-breaking for the new Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC), our involvement with the state-of-art Catalyst Building, along with the addition of phenomenal new and energetic leaders at EWU, momentum and positive energy is as high as we have seen in years!

As the EWU Foundation is a separate non-profit arm of the University, our sole mission is to engage alumni and friends in the philanthropic support of Eastern.  Even though this is a voluntary labor of love, we take this responsibility seriously and with full-fledged Eagle red passion and pride. The Foundation recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Red Tie Gala annual event. At this event we were also able to celebrate with, and recognize the development staff for a record-breaking year by bringing in over $5.7 million dollars in private support to provide for scholarships to our greatest assets…the Students at Eastern!

Moving forward, with tremendous goals and opportunities on the horizon, I would be remiss to mention that in order to continue meet and exceed our objectives, we need the continued efforts of the entire team … development staff, volunteer board of directors and committee members, university staff, and our donors and benefactors.  The combined efforts of this group will be key to driving EWU to higher heights.

In closing, as a proud Eastern alumnus, and over my years as a board of director for the EWU Foundation, I have always been impressed by the desire and commitment that not only the volunteer BOD’s bring to the table, but also that of the development team and our university community. At this time, I am really seeing a renewed desire and passion that is becoming infectious, and because of this I envision greater things happening as we move forward.  Thanks to all for your support and effort to improve the educational opportunities and student life of those at Eastern.

Go Eagles!!!

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson '86 CBPA
Vice President/Commercial Banking Officer
Wheatland Bank
(EWUF Chair)


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