"The C. Bascom Slemp Foundation believes in the human potential of southwest Virginia, and has demonstrated this faith through its generous investment in social institutions of the area.
Precious to those who believe higher education to be a transformational social good is the Foundation's support of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Over the years, I have observed the changes wrought by the Foundation's vigorous and visionary support of the College. Through the advancement of the College, one can catch a gratifying glimpse of a future in which the people of southwest Virginia are engaged in meaningful work, the economy is productive, and Appalachian culture, flourishing."
—John T. Casteen III, Former President of
The University of Virginia