Sangers Give Additional $1 Million

For the second time in eight years, West Virginia University alumnus Herbert Sanger and his wife, Rita, have given a $1 million donation to the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The gift from the Sangers, who currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, will endow scholarships to support the nationally ranked men's basketball team.

"Athletic scholarships are vital to the success of our athletic program. I want to thank Herb and Rita for another generous gift to our endowment fund," WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. "Not only are our student-athletes benefitting in competition from their athletic scholarships, but also in life after their careers have ended. You cannot put into words how many young men and women will get a head start on their careers thanks to the generosity of Herb and Rita."

"We started this journey on the basis that there are 13 scholarships available for basketball, and we felt that was a manageable number for us and others to endow scholarships for the entire men's basketball program," Mr. Sanger explained. "We've also donated other funds to the University, and we've tried to direct it all to continuing benefits such as scholarships."

A 1961 graduate of WVU's College of Law, Herb Sanger hails from Oak Hill, West Virginia. He spent two fall semesters in 1977 and 1978 as the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at WVU. Now, Herb and Rita Sanger make frequent trips back to Morgantown to cheer for the Mountaineers.

"WVU is our school, and we're interested in helping further the University in any way we can," Mr. Sanger added. "A way that is most satisfactory for us is to create an endowment for scholarships. By doing this, these funds are available in perpetuity, with the earnings available for scholarships. We get to Morgantown several times a year, and we keep an interest in the state."

A partner with the law firm Wagner, Myers & Sanger, P.C. in Knoxville, Herb Sanger previously spent 25 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority, 11 as its general counsel after which he has now been in private practice for more than 30 years.

"I would like to thank Herb and Rita Sanger for their continued support of WVU Athletics," Ben Murray, WVU's Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC), said. "Their support of our endowment program will have a lasting effect on our basketball program. WVU is truly blessed to have such wonderful supporters."

November 15, 2017