Campagna Fund to Support Women in CEC

Original story by Vince Frieden, Development Communications

Marie Campagna ’74 learned to thrive in the male-dominated world of computing and analytics, but not without the counsel and support of some strong women along the way.

Campagna, a retired senior executive who spent 28 years with Accenture, recently returned the favor through a five-year major-gift commitment to ensure that women in Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) will have similar support. The Marie Campagna CEC Women’s Initiative Fund provides crucial funding that will be instrumental in enhancing the recruitment and retention of women in engineering and computing.

“If women want to go into these fields, I want Miami to be a no-brainer as the place with the best opportunities for them to succeed,” Campagna said. “There’s so much to be done, and sometimes it comes down to having the right funding and people to put the ideas on paper and set them in motion.”

While the number of women pursuing bachelor’s degrees in most fields has steadily climbed since the 1990s, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of women earning undergraduate degrees in engineering and computer science has declined or remained stagnant over the past 20 years.

Campagna’s desire to reverse this trend aligns with the recent formation of a CEC Women’s Advisory Committee, comprised of Miami alumnae spanning more than four decades. They are laying out objectives directed at helping the college become a choice destination for women in engineering and computing. Among their goals is achieving gender balance within CEC.

For Campagna, her gift goes beyond simply repaying Miami for an education and experience that shaped her as a person and a problem solver. It also comes out of gratitude for a career that brought her significant personal satisfaction and success.

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