Dodge Jones Foundation Receives Lamar Award for Contribution to Higher Education

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, December 6, 2017 3:39 PM
  Archives 2016 - 2017

Abilene, TX

The Dodge Jones Foundation has been named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal – given annually to individuals, foundations and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to higher education in Texas.

The Lamar Award is a joint venture between Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) to honor the contributions to higher education in Texas by an individual or organization chosen by the Lamar Award committee. This year's award luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas. Joe Canon, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Dodge Jones Foundation, will accept the award.

“Since its establishment by Ruth Legett Jones in 1954, the Dodge Jones Foundation has been an extraordinary influence on west Texas non-profits.  As a champion of higher education, the Foundation has awarded grants that have had a transformational impact on both private and public colleges and universities,” said McMurry University President Dr. Sandra S. Harper in the nomination letter.

Dodge Jones has been supporting McMurry University since its inception, most recently providing a multi-million-dollar challenge gift to endow its school of business. Other examples include funding to upgrade its alumni and donor database, renovation of the auditorium in the University’s oldest building, and a challenge grant to increase alumni giving to the annual fund.

“Abilene and the surrounding areas are incredibly fortunate to have the Dodge Jones Foundation investing in and impacting our communities,” said Dr. Harper. “It is richly deserving of this prestigious statewide award.” 

Dodge Jones also has supported Abilene Christian University with gifts ranging from state of the art science labs to a performing arts center.

“The extraordinary generosity of the Dodge Jones Foundation has significantly influenced the landscape of ACU, providing advances in both our academic programs and improvements in our innovative facilities. We are so thankful to the Foundation for making historic changes impacting our students, faculty and staff,” said President Dr. Phil Schubert of Abilene Christian University.

Hardin Simmons University has received grants for an endowed chair in learning and literacy, renovation of the facility for its Health Science Academy (a high school health science magnet), and the creation of a multi-sensory training center.

Foundation grants to Cisco College include a new wing for its health science program and funds to improve the school’s information and technology system.

"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Dodge Jones Foundation. The foundation's contributions have made it possible for hundreds of students to develop critical skills, get hands on experience and ultimately reach their dreams," said Dr. Thad Anglin, President of Cisco College. "This recognition is very well-deserved." 

Dodge Jones has made possible the expansion of Texas Tech University Health Science Center into Abilene building schools for nursing, pharmacy, and public health to address the increasing concern of access to healthcare and health education in west Texas.    

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