Truman Receives $325,000 in Campaign Commitments

Truman State University’s inaugural campaign has received a boost of $325,000 from several recent commitments.

The advance commitments are part of efforts in the leadership gifts phase of the campaign. The $30 million campaign, approved by Foundation Board of Directors in January, is a major component of Truman’s strategic plan and vision to become the nation’s premier public liberal arts and sciences university. The campaign will provide greater scholarship resources; generate support for student enrichment and academic programs, athletics, and faculty development.

President Barbara Dixon has made a $100,000 cash and deferred commitment to benefit multiple priorities in the campaign. Dixon is also serving as a member of the campaign steering committee. Chuck and Colleen Foudree of Lee’s Summit, Mo., have also committed to $100,000 in a cash and deferred arrangement to create their second scholarship fund at Truman. The Colleen Foudree Scholarship is designed to assist students studying at Truman whose spouse is working to help pay tuition. This fund is established to honor Colleen Foudree’s work to finance Chuck Foudree’s studies at Truman. Chuck Foudree also serves as the campaign chair.

Dwain and Vera Horn of Omaha, Neb., have created a scholarship fund with a cash gift of $50,000. The scholarship is designed for Truman students from Dwain Horn’s hometown of Moulton, Iowa, and Appanoose and Davis counties in Iowa. Dwain Horn is a member of the Foundation Board and is the 2007 recipient of the President’s Leadership Award.

Chuck and Sherri Woods of Florissant, Mo., have established an endowment for the School of Business and Accountancy with a cash pledge of $25,000. This gift will also be matched equally by Chuck Woods’ employer, The Boeing Company, and will fund a program to instill leadership development skills in business students. Chuck Woods is a member of Truman’s Foundation Board of Directors and is chair of the Development Committee.

Wilma and Dr. Mark Maddox of Macon, Mo., have pledged $25,000 to the campaign to create an endowment for Truman’s study abroad program. Earnings from the endowment will produce a stipend to assist students with a study abroad experience who might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial considerations. Wilma Maddox is a member of Truman’s Board of Governors.

Recruitment of campaign volunteer leadership and the securing of advance leadership gifts will continue for several more months prior to the campaign’s public phase.
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