Gregg, Judy Summerville endow scholarship, support programming advancing $4M IUPUC capital campaign

  • Feb. 1, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus has announced two significant gifts from community leaders Gregg and Judy Summerville to support the campus's $4 million capital campaign, now entering its final three years.

Among the capital campaign priorities are scholarship support for students; programs that cultivate a stronger workforce; endowed faculty positions that attract and retain top educators; and updated facilities to support innovative approaches to learning.

Private philanthropy is essential to sustaining the IUPUC programs and initiatives that make these priorities a reality for students, faculty and staff.

With their recent support, the Summervilles have established both the Summerville Family Scholarship for undergraduate students and the Summerville IUPUC Program Support Fund. The Program Support Fund will be used to maintain priority programming set by IUPUC Vice Chancellor and Dean Reinhold Hill.

"This generous donation by the Summervilles will allow us to explore innovative programs at IUPUC and provides us flexibility in responding to emerging fields and disciplines," Hill said.

As part of "For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign," Indiana University will match the income portion of the endowed Summerville Family Scholarship gift, increasing its impact.

"When Judy and I made our gift, we wanted to help both students and the community," said Gregg Summerville, president of Tecumseh Capital Partners and a member of the IUPUC Board of Advisors. "While IUPUC is a wonderful value in terms of an education, college is nonetheless an expensive proposition for most families. We really wanted to focus on first-generation and special financial needs situations. Additionally, the campaign's matching feature made the gift by us even more attractive.

"We also feel that a vibrant college campus is important to Columbus. We in Columbus are proud when our town appears on the list of livability, affordability, etc. Judy and I began to notice that many other cities on those lists had vibrant college campuses. So the second part of our gift is designed to help enhance programs to attract more students from Bartholomew County and surrounding communities. When you consider that IUPUC is at the top of the list as a college choice for Bartholomew County seniors, we hope it helps cement that position for some time to come."

Gregg Summerville also serves as IUPUC co-chair of the university-wide For All campaign, along with fellow IUPUC Board of Advisors member Rick Johnson.

"Gregg and Judy have a long history of personal leadership and generous financial support in the Columbus community broadly and with education initiatives specifically," said Johnson, president of Johnson Ventures. "This support of IUPUC and its future students is one more remarkable example of the difference that they continue to make in moving our Columbus community forward."

In addition to the volunteer hours Gregg devotes to the Columbus campus, he is also a member of the IU Foundation Board of Directors. Judy is a founding member of the IU Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council, and they both serve on the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art National Advisory Board.

"Gregg and Judy are remarkable supporters of IUPUC and work tirelessly to help the city of Columbus thrive through their thoughtful giving and community engagement," IU Foundation President Dan Smith said. "Their years of service to IUPUC, the IU Foundation and numerous related programs is an inspiration to all."

As one of the only four-year public universities in south-central Indiana, IUPUC meets the needs of many local employers and communities. IUPUC provides education and support for the area’s primary economic drivers: health care and advanced manufacturing.

The gifts from the Summerville family position IUPUC well heading into the final three years of its capital campaign, which officially ends Dec. 31, 2019.

The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all IU-administered campuses including IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The campaign will conclude in December 2019 to coincide with IU's bicentennial year celebration in 2020.

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