Campaign for the Visual and Performing Arts surpasses goal
Contact: Rene Abadie
CAMPAIGN FOR THE VISUAL ARTS – From left, Southeastern Louisiana University President Randy Moffett and co-chairs of the Campaign for Visual and Dramatic Arts Marjorie Morrison, Jack and Suzanne Gautier, and Ann and Phil Livingston unveil a rendition of a wall of honor to be displayed in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts recognizing the donors to the successful fundraising campaign.
HAMMOND – Unveiling a replica of a soon-to-be installed donor recognition wall, Southeastern Louisiana University officials closed out its Campaign for the Visual and Performing Arts Thursday after surpassing its goal and raising a total of $2.73 million.
The original goal established by the Southeastern Development Foundation was $2.5 million, said Joseph Miller, vice president for university advancement.
Campaign co-chair Phil Livingston thanked the donors and noted that the campaign netted four new endowed professorships, 28 endowed scholarships, 14 program endowments for the Columbia Theatre/Fanfare lecture series, and 10 planned gifts for endowments. “This investment will benefit the university for many years to come,” Livingston said.
The campaign received more than $148,000 in contributions from current and retired Southeastern faculty and staff and more than $594,000 in corporate sponsorships and business contributions.
"This university has been successful for a long time, but I truly believe our best years and fortunes are in front of us," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. "Southeastern is honored to have the support and dedication of so many throughout the region. We remain committed to earning that support and dedication in all that we do."
Special recognition was given to the co-chairs of the campaign, Jack and Suzanne Gautier and Phil and Ann Livingston, and honorary co-chairs Marjorie Morrison and Harriet Vogt. Members of the Executive Leadership Committee included Fay Bright, Stan Dameron, Leon Ford, Lanny and Mary Jo Greaves, Freda Green, Patty Hubert, Joe Luquet, Bob Priez and Carl Schneider.
Leadership gifts came from North Oaks Health System and the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation. The new endowed professorships include the Katherine Viola Brown Endowed Professorship in the Visual and Performing Arts, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brown; the Elizabeth Weeks Jones Endowed Professorship in the Humanities by J. W. Jones; the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Southeastern Development Foundation Endowed Professorship in Music by the national Endowment for the Humanities and the Development Foundation; and the Irene Pennington Endowed Professorship in the Visual and Performing Arts by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.