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Foundation Board

Mission

Since 1956, the Methodist University Foundation has been a part of the Fayetteville Community. Began by county leaders with an eye to the future, the Foundation was formed to bring Methodist University to Fayetteville. The original Board of Directors pledged to provide two million dollars for capital construction and deeded to the College 577 acres of land for the campus. The Foundation also pledged an annual contribution of $50,000 toward the operating budget.

The Foundation Board is made up of business owners and community leaders from all walks of life in Cumberland County. Its diversity is maintained through term limits. Several members now are "second generation" members, with one parent or the other having served on the board in years past. Approximately 550 community leaders have served on the Board of the Methodist University Foundation over the 40 years it has existed. Literally thousands of community citizens have served as Loyalty Day volunteers for the annual fundraising event each February. This demonstrates the deep commitment of the people of Cumberland County to the success of Methodist University.

Beginning in 2005, 100% of all monies donated through Loyalty Day are designated for student Scholarships. Methodist University realizes the importance of investing in our students and commits over eight million dollars of institutional funds annually for scholarships. Over 85 percent of Methodist University students receive financial assistance, and we rely on the continued generosity of donors like you to help us continue this invaluable investment.

Foundation Board Members

Officers
2013 Loyalty Day Chairman: TBD
President: Stephen Driggers '76, Clark Sporting Goods
Vice-President: Louis Feraca, U.S. Logoworks
Treasurer: Linda Goff, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Secretary:Susan Speight, Branch Banking & Trust
Immediate Past President:Barbara Smith, Hampton Inn Cross Creek

Directors
Richard Alligood, Community Volunteer
Germaine Bowles, Community Volunteer
William Bowman, Up & Coming Weekly
Kevin Bunn, New Century Bank
Paul Crenshaw, Williford, Hollers, Crenshaw & Boliek Attys.
J. Duane Gilliam, Jr., Gilliam Law Firm
Jo Beth Johnson, Community Volunteer
Laura Leal, Hampton Inn Cross Creek Mall
Keith Love, Ensystex, Inc.
Ramona Moore, Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
Tim Price '91, LaFayette Ford
Timothy Richardson, First Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
David Ryan, Community Volunteer
Frank Scott, Community Volunteer
Susan Speight, Branch Banking & Trust
Keith Tilghman, Merrill Lynch
Sharon Valentine, Privateer Farms, Inc.
Greg West, Clift Commercial Real Estate Services
Guyla Wilkinson, Community Volunteer
Johnny L. Wilson '99, Fayetteville Urban Ministry

 

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