12/21/2001LYNCHBURG, Va.—Nancy Burnett Stanback, a member of the Class of 1961, along with her husband Bill Stanback, have made a $1 million unrestricted commitment to Vita Abundantior, The Campaign for Randolph-Macon Woman's College. $100,000 of the gift will go to the R-MWC Annual Fund, while the remainder will be channeled to the general campaign coffers.
College President Kathleen Gill Bowman praised the couple not only for their generosity, but also for their understanding of the importance of unrestricted giving to the College. "A gift like this does more than provide us with significantly increased resources," she said. "Because it is unrestricted, it gives us the flexibility to direct those resources to the areas where they are needed most."
Harriet Whitten ’59, director of the R-MWC Annual Fund and long-time friend of Nancy Stanback, has worked closely with the Stanbacks over the last several years. "I’ve always been impressed with Nancy’s deep love for the College," said Whitten. "and I’m extraordinarily pleased that she and Bill have made such a strong commitment to our future."
Stanback has become increasingly involved with the College over the past two years, beginning with her seat on the executive committee of the Class of 1961 Reunion Gift Committee. Thanks in no small part to her efforts, the class was very successful in their fundraising efforts for their recent 40-year reunion. She currently serves on the Alumnae Giving Committee as the chair of the Vita Abundantior Gift Club, a group that honors donors of $10,000 or more in any given fiscal year.
The Stanbacks already support a number of educational institutions, as well as many civic endeavors in and around their home of Salisbury, North Carolina. But their commitment to the Vita Abundantior campaign seems to have a special resonance for them both. "I have thoroughly enjoyed being reconnected to Randolph-Macon Woman's College," says Stanback, "and Bill has always had a high regard for the College."
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