For the women who have served as the president of the TWU Alumni Association, dedication to TWU does not end when their term of service ends. Instead, each may have become a member of the Association’s Past Presidents’ Council, a group which has over the years pooled their collective talents and monies to make special contributions to the Association and the University.
At the recent Founders’ Award Luncheon, where the Association was recognized for its continuous support of the university, several members of the Past Presidents Council were in attendance including Louise Hagood, Madge Boucher Boynton, Bettye Meyers, Leigh Blair and Barbara Luther Taylor. Certainly, the Past Presidents Council played a key role in the efforts that were recognized by the TWU Foundation at the luncheon.
Traditionally, the members of the Past Presidents’ Council have met annually at the Homecoming weekend each April to discuss how they might best support the university community. Many times this involved campus beautification projects such as a lattice arbor leading to the botanical gardens or a strategically placed teak bench to provide a place to stop and rest.
One of the most notable and treasured contributions to the campus has been the statue of St. Francis, standing just outside the Little Chapel In-the-Woods. In the 1950s artist Jo Roper sculpted the kneeling Saint who gently holds a bird. After 50 years of watching over the birds and squirrels and providing a spirit of peace in the gardens, the St. Francis statue was beginning to show wear. In the year 2000 the Past Presidents’ Council provided the resources for the restoration of the statue and provided the instructions for the care and maintenance of the statue so that many more students, faculty, staff and visitors may enjoy its serenity.
Below is a listing of the women who have served as president of the Association for the past 50 years and their terms of office.
Patricia Jackson Edwards 2012-2016
Madge Boucher Boynton 2008-2012
Barbara Luther Taylor 2004-2008
Lee Blair 2000-2004
Ann Ferrell Williams 1998-2000
Bettye B. Myers 1996-1998
*Mary Beth Foshee Scull 1994-1996
*Helen Haddix Deiker 1992-1994
Louise Wimberly Hagood 1990-1992
Karen Dillard Bluethman 1988-1990
Hoy Casey Gatlin 1986-1988
Dorothy Mangum Kinsel 1984-1986
Docia Schultz Williams 1982-1984
*Dorothy Schmittgens Henderson 1980-1982
*Katherine Winter Magee 1978-1980
*Laverne Collins Chatfield 1976-1978
Kathryn Coffey Ragsdale 1974-1976
Dorothy Anderson Holland 1972-1974
*Nanette Keefe Reichert 1970-1972
Frances Sunkel Sneed 1968-1970
*Helen Hare Thorpe 1966-1968