Queens Honors New Trustees Emeriti
Three former members of Queens' Board of Trustees were honored recently with the title of Trustee Emerita and inducted as members of the prestigious Trustees Emeriti group. More than 100 current and Emeriti Trustees joined President Pamela Davies and Board Chair Michael Marsicano to recognize Frances DeArmon Evans '59, Sarah Belk Gambrell, and Keith McKenna Pension '67 for their service. As Emeriti Trustees, they will join more than 60 others who have formerly served as Trustees or Advisory Trustees and who remain engaged with the university.
Frances DeArmon Evans is a Queens graduate who has remained an active and supportive alumna. She and her husband Donnie have been generous benefactors to both the academic and athletic programs at Queens. They have also supported cultural life on campus as members of the Friends of the Library, Music, Theater and Art. They have worked tirelessly as leaders in philanthropy efforts for Queens, serving on the steering committees for the last three capital campaigns--Aim High, Alumni! Campaign (1995-1997), Unbridled Destiny Campaign (1997-2002) and the Investing in Queens' Future Campaign (2008-2012) It was during this last campaign that the Evanses made a gift that resulted in the naming of the Evans Clock Tower. In addition to the Clock Tower, they also recently funded the new scoreboard and timing system in the aquatic center at the Levine Center, and they are among the most recent inductees into the Ministrare Leadership Society, which includes those who have given $1 million to Queens. Frances' gift of her time has been her most important gift to Queens. She faithfully served on the Board of Trustees from 1990-2013.
Sarah Belk Gambrell served ably on the Queens Board from 2005-2012, following in the footsteps of other members of her family, who have a 137-year legacy of service and philanthropy to Queens. Sarah's mother was an alumna, president of the Alumni Association, and trustee; and her father, brother, Ike, sister-in-law Claudia Belk, and niece Katie Belk Morris have all served as trustees. Sarah's lifetime of service has been quite remarkable. At Queens, she served on the Academics committee of our Board. She is a longtime supporter of the Friends of Music, and she has given to the Sister Cities project as well as the Hadley Gala. In recognition of her public service, Queens honored Sarah with an honorary degree in 2004. A rewarding and successful career with Belk Stores spanned more than 50 years, and she used her influence and resources over the years to affect change and benefit others. She has served on the boards of numerous community and civic organizations, and her commitment to higher education, young people, and her faith are common threads among her many activities.
Keith McKenna Pension served on the Board for 16 years, from 1996-2012. Cultivating scholarship and cultural interests in young people is a passion for Keith, and she continues to annually support Queens' most academically talented students by contributing to the Honors Program, theatre program, and arts programs. Believing that campus beautification was an important investment for Queens, she made a significant gift towards campus landscaping as part of Aim High, Alumni! Campaign, and the Queens community and visitors alike benefit from the lush foliage and landscaping that make Queens an idyllic campus setting. Interested in the academic success of younger students as well, particularly those who face socioeconomic challenges, Keith is a long time board member of Gesu, a school for underprivileged children in Philadelphia.
Queens is fortunate to have benefitted from the leadership of these individuals and looks forward to their continued involvement as Trustees Emeriti.
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