Miller, Duperron Commit $450,000 to Truman Campaign

Linda Miller, a 1970 Truman graduate, and her husband, Timothy Duperron, of Grosse Ile, Mich., have made a cash and deferred gift commitment of $450,000 to Truman State University’s inaugural campaign.
The commitment is part of early efforts to secure advance gifts in Truman’s $30 million campaign designed to position the University as the premier public liberal arts and sciences institution.

With this gift, the couple will establish the Miller-Duperron Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship fund will be created initially with a $50,000 cash pledge and is a need-based award designed for a student who would not otherwise be able to attend Truman. Leadership potential, school, church and civic involvement, and a benevolent spirit are also scholarship criteria.

The fund is established to honor Miller’s parents, Louis and Rita Miller of Kirksville, for their encouragement and support of Linda’s educational and professional pursuits.

Miller retired from the Ford Motor Company in December 2006 following a 33-year career in the automotive industry. Her most recent position was manufacturing director of Powertrain Operations. She has been recognized for her pioneering role as a woman in the automotive industry and was twice cited by Automotive News magazine as one of the top 100 women in the industry.

She was named Truman’s Alumna of the Year in 2002 and currently serves as president of the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee.

Duperron and Miller have also generously pledged $400,000 through their estate and are new members in Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Society. The estate provision is designated to bolster the scholarship fund, with a portion also earmarked for the Truman State University Endowment Fund for Excellence, a multi-purpose fund designed to meet the future needs of the University.

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