Tom Hanks to lead fundraiser for Wright State

Tom Hanks to co-chair Wright State fundraising campaign. (Photo/Wright State University)
Tom Hanks to co-chair Wright State fundraising campaign. (Photo/Wright State University)

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Actor Tom Hanks will lead a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University.

The Rise.Shine. campaign will help expand scholarships, attract faculty and support construction of new facilities.

“This campaign is all about student success. It will change Wright State forever and the generation of students to come,” said WSU President David Hopkins. “It’s going to grow our prominence and relevance in 21st century education.”

The university says more than $106 million in gifts and pledges were already raised.

“We’re excited about the campaign because of the difference it will make to the students, their success and the future of the institution,” said Provost S. Narayanan. “It’s going to be a lasting legacy.”

Amanda Wright Lane will join Hanks as co-chair. She is the great grandniece of the Wright Brothers.

Hanks is the Academy Award winning actor known for his role in films like Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan.

The campaign will officially launch Saturday. Hopkins will make a formal announcement before an expected 600 supporters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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