- Dottie Blair
- Tom Clement
- Frank and Tricia Grier
- Dr. Brad Jacoby
- Gary and Susan Soriano
- Carl Whatley Jr.
When retired Montgomery businesswoman Dottie Kenady Blair was considering a pledge to Auburn Montgomery, she worried about making a commitment that her estate may not be able to honor one day. “I was concerned that I might establish an endowment and then, for some reason such as medical bills or long-term care expenses, the money wouldn’t be there upon my death,” Dottie said. However, after talking with AUM Advancement, she learned that a pledge does not encumber her assets - it only applies to funds remaining after expenses are settled. So, Dottie pledged a total of $1.1 million in support of AUM’s School of Business, School of Nursing and Wellness Center. “If others out there have the means and the connection to the university, I would ask them what is keeping them from making a gift,” Dottie said.
Dottie, former president of Central Alabama Nursing Services Inc., is a graduate of Auburn Montgomery, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1981 and her M.B.A in
1988. Dottie has pledged $1 million to support a $500,000 endowment for a professorship and a $500,000 endowment for a full four-year scholarship. Both the professorship and the scholarship
will alternate on a four-year basis between the AUM School of Business and the AUM School of Nursing. Dottie’s $100,000 cash gift will support the AUM Wellness Center. In recognition of that gift, the exercise garden in the Wellness Center has been named in her honor. Dottie wanted the endowments to rotate between the Schools of Business and Nursing because she is a two-time graduate of the School of Business and has long admired the School of Nursing’s reputation for producing excellent nurses. “I just feel I got a very good education in the AUM School of Business,” Dottie said. “In addition, the School of Nursing has always had such a good track record of graduates passing the nursing exam, and since I owned a business in the nursing field, I had a great appreciation for the quality of education in the School of Nursing. I also know how important it will be as we Baby Boomers grow older to have great nurses to take care of us.”
In addition to being an alumna of Auburn Montgomery, Dottie has also served the university through her membership in the Chancellor’s Society and her time on the Chancellor’s Advisory
Board. She is also a life member of the Auburn Montgomery Alumni Association. “Dottie’s gift is just one example of her dedication to Auburn Montgomery,” said AUM Chancellor John Veres. “Her selflessness and willingness to give of her time and money so that our students may thrive is commendable.”