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Blair’s $1.1 Million gift to AUM to support nursing, business and Wellness Center

October 12, 2012

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Retired Montgomery businesswoman Dottie Kenady Blair has pledged $1.1 million to Auburn University at Montgomery to support AUM’s School of Business, School of Nursing and  the university’s planned Wellness Center.

Blair, former president of Central Alabama Nursing Services Inc., is a two-time graduate of Auburn Montgomery, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1981 and her M.B.A. in 1988. 

Blair 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.

Blair’s $100,000 cash gift will support the soon-to-be-constructed AUM Wellness Center.

“Dottie Blair's generous gift has great significance to the future of the School of Business,” said Jane Goodson, dean of the AUM School of Business. “The scholarship and professorship that she is establishing will allow us to attract and retain the highest quality students and faculty and will ensure that the School of Business continues to flourish as a Best Business School. We are proud that Dottie is an alumnus and value her long standing relationship with the school.”

“Dottie's exemplary career in health care administration, supported by her business degree from AUM, has led her to possess a clear understanding of the need for excellence in nursing,” said Gregg E. Newschwander, dean of the AUM School of Nursing. “Her affection for AUM and giving back is demonstrated in her ongoing, myriad support and very active participation at many levels in the life of this university. Dottie's accomplishments and philanthropy affirm the quality of education provided at AUM and the lasting impact one alumna can have on her alma mater.”

In addition to being an alumna of Auburn Montgomery, Blair 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.

“This gift is the latest example of Dottie’s 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 unmatched.”

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