Wabash Valley College Foundation
“A PAST OF ACCOMPLISHMENT; A CHALLENGE AHEAD”
The Wabash Valley College Foundation has been active in its support of Wabash Valley College since the first formal steps to establish the College in 1959. The Foundation has contributed eminently to the organization and development of the college and assists the entire college family in promoting excellence for Wabash Valley College, by securing financial support for special educational and cultural activities which are not part of the ongoing operational expenses of the College.
The Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization in 1963. The first major project was that of purchasing the 120 acres of land where the campus is located. Due to the increase in enrollment and course offerings experienced by WVC, and the Foundation’s continuing contributions to the capital development of the College, numerous additions and improvements have been made to the physical facilities at WVC.
The Foundation’s contributions to the capital development of the College include:
- Purchase of site for the WVC Campus
- Applied Arts Building
- Student Center
- Physical Plant
- Indoor Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Valley Gardens Dorms
- International Building
- Parking Lots
- Building Improvements
- Athletic Fields
- Library Security System
- Fitness Center
- Biological Sciences Lab
- Performing Arts
- Theatre Lighting Equipment
- Electronic Marquee
- Scholarship Program
- Machine Shop & Manufacturing Technology Center/Equipment
- Agriculture Technologies Center
- Administration/Foundation Building
- Renovation of Main Hall
- Advanced Technology Center
- Many Ongoing Projects
In addition to these capital developments, the Foundation’s Gassman Endowment Fund has provided funding for instructional equipment in many departments through faculty requests each year.
To ensure WVC’s success and continued progress, the WVC Foundation embarked upon a Major Gifts Campaign, “Investment In Excellence,” a few years ago. Contributors are recognized on almost impressive permanent display in the Brubeck Arts Center. This fundraising campaign is a two-phase campaign, with the Foundation having met its $2 million in Phase I in endowment funds to be used as a continuing source of income for ongoing College needs, and Phase II is to raise $1 million for immediate needs for the College.
In looking to the future, the Foundation will continue to support the College’s vision which includes sustaining its leadership role in education, making higher education accessible and affordable for everyone and providing quality programs and services. Recent Foundation projects include: a new Machine Shop/Manufacturing Technology Center and equipment; renovation of the former Machine Shop into an Agriculture Technologies Center; resurfacing of the tennis courts; resurfacing and upgrading the Science Building Parking Lot; a new Biological Sciences Lab; purchasing and upgrading the former Park Place Building adjacent to the College, which now serves as the Administration/Foundation Building; assistance with renovation of Main Hall; assistance with the purchase of the Advanced Technology Center; purchasing a new electronic marquee; and assisting in the construction of an Amphitheatre.
The Foundation hosts several fundraising events each year which includes the annual Chili Supper and the annual Crystal Ball.
The Foundation has a 30-member Board of Directors, as well as a Faculty Representative and Arts Council Representative. The WVC President serves as an Ex-Officio member. There are 16 Lifetime Associate Directors on the Foundation Board. Officers include: President-Robin Dean, Vice President-Jackie Summers, Secretary Louise Acree, Treasurer- Robert Hocking, and Past President-Don Price. The Foundation Board of Directors meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month (except July) in Main Hall Room 101.Individuals interested in donating to the WVC Foundation should contact Louise Acree, Wabash Valley College Foundation, 2200 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863, 618-262-8641, extension 3379. A gift to the WVC Foundation is a gift of ability, opportunity, and hope for the future!
Photo Caption: front row, left to right: Rob Coleman, Phil Summers, Jo McPherson, Leann Burton, Brenda Phegley (Faculty Representative), Kate Ackerman, Tracy Gill, Don Price (Past President), Robert Hocking (Treasurer).
Second row, left to right: Jim Homan, Tommy Young, Jackie Summers (Vice-President), Toni Brines, Robin Dean (President), Trudy Fowler, Marcia Woodcock (Arts Council Representative), Louise Acree (Secretary).
Back row, left to right: Dr. Matt Fowler (WVC President), Tom Ford, Harold Mobley, Tom Dersch, Jim Cox (Arts Council Representative). Not available for photo: Robert Bethards, Patsy Dean, Jane Evans, Cassandra Goldman, William Hackler III, Karin Hodgson, Robert Mundy II, James Price, Rod Rodriguez, Brenda Sawyer, Lyle Weber.