The goal of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign is to build upon early successes and elevate the Dale Center from one of the top five military history programs in the country to become the premier academic program for the study of war and society in the United States, a hub for the study of leadership and a resource for decision-makers interested in the outcomes of war. Today, the Dale Center has five central priorities for funding that will ensure its future success:

  • Attracting and retaining the highest-performing faculty in the field through endowed professorships;
  • Increasing the Dale Center’s ability to recruit top graduate students nationally and internationally;
  • Expanding public outreach;
  • Developing more experiential learning opportunities; and
  • Creating platforms for interdisciplinary cooperation and leadership studies.


A successful fundraising campaign will allow the Dale Center to expand its already impressive community of creative scholars interacting with students and the public to inspire critical interest in the lessons learned from military conflict. Individuals, businesses and other organizations coming together through one-time gifts and multi-year pledges will make this endeavor a reality.

Your contribution to the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign will enable the Center to
  • Create an endowment of $1.25 million which will provide $50,000 of discretionary program support annually that can be used to increase library holdings, provide research awards, fund conference travel and meet other emergent needs.
  • Fund two new endowed professorships at $250,000 each and enrich the Major General Buford “Buff” Blount Endowed Professorship in Military History, providing more than $30,000 in faculty support annually.
  • Establish graduate presidential scholarships and other endowed graduate scholarships to provide approximately $12,000 in support for military history graduate students annually.
  • Start an endowed research fund for the Dale Center at $100,000 which would generate $4,000 annually for the research needs of faculty and students.