College announces $3 million Jean A. Scott Endowment

Decades after Dr. Jean A. Scott has left Marietta College, her endearing spirit will remain relevant on campus.

Multiple gifts from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Marietta College totaling $3 million have helped establish the Jean A. Scott Endowment, which will go toward supplementing faculty salaries and provide annual staff awards.

The endowment was announced during Friday night’s Erwin Academy Dinner, which also provided the College an opportunity to celebrate Dr. Scott’s 12 remarkable years as Marietta College’s president.

“I am deeply moved by the generosity of our donors who have provided this endowment in my honor,” says Scott, whose final day will be June 22. “It has been such a pleasure over the past 12 years to work with the men and women who have dedicated their careers to the honorable work of education and have chosen to be part of the Marietta College community. … I also want to thank the three former chairs of the Board of Trustees: Tim Cooper ’73, Pat Willis ’70, and Grant Callery ’68 for leading this effort and Lori Lewis, Vice President for Advancement, whose skills as a fundraiser and representative of Marietta College made the project successful.”

All four were in attendance for the special celebration, and they were excited to share the final amount with Dr. Scott.

“President Scott was well aware that we were on the road trying to raise money for this endowment, but she is a modest person and she didn’t believe we would reach such a lofty figure,” Lewis says. “What it shows is the difference she has made at Marietta College and how positively the alumni and friends of the College feel about her and the contributions she has made over the past 12 years.”

When Scott joined Marietta in 2000, the College’s situation was dire. Employee morale was low, enrollment was declining and the budget hadn’t been balanced in years. Cooper says that all changed when Scott came on board.

“We were so fortunate that our search team found and selected her, realizing that she had the potential to move the College forward,” he says.

The three former Board chairs initially wanted to set up a professorship in Scott’s name, but she requested that the endowment go toward the benefit of faculty and staff.

Ninety percent of the Jean A. Scott Endowment will go toward supplementing faculty salaries. The other 10 percent will be for competitive, annual staff awards — one for an hourly worker, and one for a non-hourly worker, Lewis says.

“We have been striving to improve faculty salaries and to find additional ways to recognize the work of our staff, and this endowment will give the College a tangible way to do that,” Scott says. “Our faculty and staff provide both an extraordinary education for our students and the personal relationships that bind alumni to Marietta College. It gives me great pleasure to be able to say thank you in this way and to know that through this endowment, our donors have made a permanent difference in the lives of faculty and staff who are the heart of Marietta College.”