Saturday, June 29, 2013

Midway trustee, husband give $500,000 to college

Midway College Trustee Jan Hunter and her husband, Dick, have donated $500,000 to the college for new President John Marsden to use as he sees fit. She said in a news release, "This gift reflects our belief in the leadership of the new president and the new board chair," Donna Moore. "Our gift is unrestricted but is to be called the Marsden Initiative. The gift is to be used at the discretion of Dr. Marsden to support the needs of the institution. We trust and support his leadership and in just the short time I've known him I believe in the direction he is taking the College."

Marsden said, "This gift to the college is significant monetarily and in the spirit in which it has been given. It demonstrates a strong belief in the new direction we are setting for the college. I anticipate the funds to be used in a variety of ways but all will be directly tied to supporting the educational experiences of our students."

Moore said, "The Hunters' gift reflects the support that our entire Board of Trustees has for Dr. Marsden. He has proven quickly to be an effective leader for the campus. He works quickly, seeks input from across campus communities and always puts the good of the institution and its students first in his decision-making process."

The release said Marsden is working on a new strategic plan for the college, "has instituted a new budgeting process and is building his leadership team," searching for a vice president of advancement and a new chief financial officer, the post from which Lyen Crews recently resigned.

Hunter, of San Diego, has been a trustee since November 2000. She and her husband own Hunter Industries Inc., which manufactures irrigation systems. For more on the company, from Bloomberg Business Week, click here.

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