May 11, 2012
|The Lord Family Director of Community Engagement Micki Meyer and David Lord '69 '71MBA (Photo by Judy Watson Tracy)|
It’s been over a decade since the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) was established at Rollins, making it possible for thousands of students and hundreds of faculty and staff to engage in meaningful service-based experiences. Through the years, the office has had its supporters, but few at the level of David Lord '69 '71MBA and his family. Beginning with an initial gift, which helped to establish OCE at Rollins in 2001, Lord and his family have continued to champion its vision and fund its effort, including the 2005 creation of the Rhoda Newberry Reed Endowment for Community Engagement and Leadership Education and Development.
This week, the College announced another generous endowment: The Lord Family Director of Community Engagement. This highly distinctive gift will make the funding for this endowed chair permanent and perpetual.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of the Lord family and their commitment to the mission of Rollins,” said Micki Meyer, who will hold the chair. “Their contributions have allowed so many people in the Rollins community to have the opportunity to explore educational pursuits connected with the community.”
Lord believes that there is no better way to learn than through first-hand experiences. “Students today want to attend a college where they can become involved and make a difference,” he said. “Since our family became involved with supporting the program more than 10 years ago, we have seen the students, staff, and faculty grow this program to a cornerstone of the academic and co-curricular program at Rollins.”
Few people are more excited about the gift than Meyer. “This gift will enable us to offer more opportunities such as service-learning, community-based research, and civic involvement to students and faculty who are passionate about leveraging their education as a vehicle for change,” she said of the endowment, which is only the second endowed directorship Rollins has ever received.
“Rollins’ success is a result of the leadership of the talented Micki Meyer as director,” Lord said. “We are honored to raise this position to the level of an endowed chair. We hope this leadership gift will inspire others to help endow programs, scholarships, and people that make Rollins the wonderful college we all love.”
While touched by the honor, Meyer was quick to share the accolades with her team. “Honestly, I play a small role in making things happen. I work closely with talented staff, students, and faculty who are the ones that create and own these efforts. I’m lucky to be surrounded by such innovative and committed leaders who have dedicated their lives to building a better world.”
Lord, who holds two degrees from the College and is a member of the board of trustees, will be on campus for the endowment’s official announcement on Friday, May 11. “Community engagement provides a chance for students to experience the complex problems of society and use the principles of their education to find solutions,” he said. “Our family also appreciates how Rollins has affected our family and given us a passion to help others.”
By Kristen Manieri
Office of Marketing & Communications
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