UTEP's dean of liberal arts, Patricia Witherspoon, has given a gift back to the university that is notable for a couple of reasons.
donated $50,000 to establish the John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund
The fund, which is named for the dean's husband who passed away in April, will provide scholarships and travel funds for UTEP's
nationally recognized forensics program.
The gift from Witherspoon
is a wonderful statement about the future of the university.
"Patricia Witherspoon's exceptionally generous gift establishing the John McCormick Witherspoon Forensics Excellence Gift Fund in honor of his memory will have an enormous positive impact on UTEP speech and debate students, particularly in the key areas of enhanced recruitment of bright, talented competitors and of highly trained graduate teaching assistants, as well as in the increased education and training opportunities for UTEP team members resulting from expanded resources for travel to speech and debate competitions outside our region."
Others can donate to the fund online at https://givingto.utep.edu/witherspoonmemorial.
We commend Witherspoon
generosity and her
continued commitment to UTEP
and its students.
gift is even more remarkable coming at a time of family grief.