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Donald and Delpha Campbell were long-time supporters of Oregon State University. Donald started college in 1915, and, with time out for service in World War I, graduated in 1923 with a B.S. in Commerce. He was one of the founders of the Delta Chi Fraternity.
The Campbells lived in Southern California for most of their adult lives, but maintained their OSU contacts and kept themselves closely informed of events on the campus.
Upon their deaths—Delpha in 1985 and Donald in 1989—the Campbells left generous unrestricted bequests to the university, amounting to $3.3 million, $1.85 million of which went to the library. In conversations with their family, it was decided that the use most appropriate to their interests would be the establishment of an endowed fund to support the university librarian and a part of the library program.
In 2011 Faye Chadwell was named the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and director of OSU Press. She served as OSU's associate university librarian for collections and content management for three years, providing leadership to the University Archives, OSU’s special collections, technical services, and the library at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. She then assumed interim directorship of the library after the retirement of Kayle Butcher.
Prior to joining the OSU faculty, Chadwell worked at the University of Oregon Libraries for 12 years, and at the University of South Carolina for six years. She has played a leadership role on numerous national library association committees and task forces, as well as at Oregon State.
She earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.