Campaigning for Military History
Since the turn of this century, The University of Southern Mississippi has housed one of the nation's most esteemed military history programs in the History Department's Center for the Study of War & Society. In February 2014, to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation announced the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.
The $2 million campaign is spearheaded by a 10-member steering committee led by longtime University supporters, Dr. Beverly Dale and Maj. Gen. Buff Blount, U.S. Army (Ret.). Dale wanted to jump-start the campaign and made its initial contribution so that the enhancement of the Center could begin right away. In recognition of this significant gift, the Center has been named in honor of the Dale family.
The co-chairs of the campaign are supporting the Dale Center through their service and through current gifts, but both Dr. Dale and Maj. Gen. Blount have also incorporated the Center into their estate plans. Dale has made several funds at the USM Foundation the beneficiary of her retirement assets. Blount has made arrangements through an insurance policy to benefit the Major General Buford "Buff " Blount Endowed Professorship in Military History, which was established in 2010.
The Dale Center serves as a local, national and international resource for the study of the history of warfare and its influence on both combatants and civilians.
The campaign, which was announced at the 2014 Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture in International Security and Global Policy featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Robert M. Gates, has already generated more than $1.6 million toward its $2 million goal (not including planned gifts). All the members of the Dale Center Campaign Steering Committee and faculty have made gift commitments.