Cameron University celebrates contributions of President’s Partners

Cameron University and the Cameron University Foundation recognized the continuing support of members of the President’s Partners program tonight during a celebration in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. Cameron President Cindy Ross was joined by Dr. Wayne Johnson, President of the Cameron University Foundation Board of Directors, and Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement, to acknowledge the ongoing contributions of President’s Partners members Ralph and Nancy Alexander, Dr. Robert and Sally Hillis, Kurt and Renate Schutz, Dr. Richard and Carol Storm, Wayne (Hoot) and Donna Watson, and Dr. Ronald and Christie Woodson. Each member has achieved Century II status, signifying they have surpassed $10,000 in donations through the President’s Partners organization. In addition, Goodyear Tire & Rubber was recognized for its corporate support of President’s Partners, and 16 new members were welcomed to the organization.

photo from President's Partners event

“Cameron University is grateful to the loyal members of President’s Partners, whose commitment to the university has played a vital role in Cameron’s stature as the ‘University of Choice’ for Southwest Oklahoma and beyond,” says President Ross. “They play a significant role in the ongoing transformation of the Cameron campus and share an enthusiasm for continued growth in the years to come. President’s Partners are the backbone for Cameron’s success.”

Established in 1989 to meet the growing demand for short and long term financial commitments, President’s Partners is an organization of loyal Cameron University donors who contribute at least $1,000 annually to the Cameron University Foundation. The program was initially launched to raise $1 million through 100 members who committed to donate $1,000 every year for 10 years. President’s Partners currently boasts more than 150 members who maintain the commitment of donating $1,000 annually. Members can designate half of their annual contributions to an area of their choice. Funds donated by President’s Partners allow the university to provide scholarships, create state-of-the-art facilities, fund faculty and student research, enhance educational resources, support Cameron’s Study Abroad Program and much more.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s Lawton manufacturing facility joined President’s Partners in 1989. This year, the company’s contributions to President’s Partners will exceed $100,000. Goodyear is a supporter of numerous Cameron University initiatives, including the Sciences Complex, Cameron University Athletics, the Cameron University Alumni Association Foundation Fund, The Mike and Micki Krzyzewski President’s Distinguished Scholars program, KCCU and The McMahon Centennial Complex. To date, Goodyear has donated in excess of $300,000 to Cameron University.

Ralph and Nancy Alexander of Lawton become members of President’s Partners in 2002 and have reached Century II status. They also support KCCU. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Cameron.

Dr. Robert and Sally Hillis of Lawton joined President’s Partners in 1989 and achieved status as Lifetime Members after contributing $10,000 to the program. With their continuing support of President’s Partners, they have attained Century II One Star designation. In addition to their membership in President’s Partners, they support KCCU.

Kurt and Renate Schutz of Lawton joined President’s Partners in 1989 and are Lifetime Members. They have now achieved status as Century II partners. They were also contributors to the Centennial “Changing Lives” Campaign in support of the McMahon Centennial Complex.  

Dr. Richard and Carol Storm of Lawton, who joined President’s Partners in 1998 and are Lifetime Members, were recognized as Century II One Star members.  They are also supporters of the Cameron University Foundation, having made contributions to the Sciences Complex, where a faculty office is named in their honor. Dr. Storm is a lifetime member of the Cameron University Alumni Association. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis, Ind.

Wayne (Hoot) and Donna Watson of Lawton are Lifetime Members of President’s Partners, having joined the program in 1989. They have been recognized as Century II Three Star members. Mr. and Mrs. Watson also support the Cameron University Foundation and Cameron University Athletics.

Dr. Ronald and Christie Woodson of Lawton, also members of the program since 1989, are Lifetime Members who were recognized as Century II Two Star donors. Mrs. Woodson is a member of the Cameron University Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to supporting President’s Partners, they are supporters of the Cameron University Foundation, Cameron University Athletics and KCCU. Dr. and Mrs. Woodson are both members of the Cameron University Alumni Association.

Cameron University is pleased to welcome new President’s Partners Arvest Bank – Duncan, Candlewood Suites, Jim and Beverly Cantrell, Terry and Judy Conley, Brad and Karen Cooksey, Doyce and Sammy Croy, Greater Lawton Rotary Club, Dee and Athena Jarvis, Robert McDonald, Mega Cleaners/Ron Smith, Dr. Steve and Erin Miller, Dr. Robert and Kim Muller, Phyllis Robertson, Gordon and Jeannie Shaw, Sodexo, and UCI Services/David Isham.

For more information about Cameron University’s President’s Partners, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.

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January 26, 2013

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