GREENSBORO — A six-figure estate pledge from a Greensboro College alumna and her partner has pushed the college’s fundraising campaign closer to the $20 million mark.
The private liberal arts college said it has received a $250,000 pledge from Jann Haynes Gilmore and B. Joyce Puckett. This planned gift will set up an endowment for the college’s art department.
Gilmore graduated from Greensboro College in 1968 with an art degree and went on to earn a master’s and doctorate in art history from the University of Georgia. She is a former director of the museums program at the National Endowment for the Humanities and held staff positions in the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. House of Representatives.
A former Greensboro College trustee, Gilmore has received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Puckett worked for years as a fifth grade teacher in Annapolis, Md. She served on the Ann Arundel County Women’s Commission and was at one time part-owner of a bookstore.
The couple live in Alexandria, Va.
Greensboro College announced in early 2017 that it intended to raise $15 million for student scholarships, academic programs and facilities among other things.
The college met that goal in July 2018, two years ahead of schedule.
Greensboro College plans to continue this fundraising effort until June 30.