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Entrepreneur increases UT system support

Cleveland businesswoman Brenda Lawson recently increased her giving to the UT system, pledging $10 million in the last five years.  In her recent pledge, Lawson provided UTC with $1.5 million to support three areas:  the new pedestrian mall, the Women’s Success Program, and the Chancellor’s Excellence Fund.

  • Pedestrian mall:  This will be an expansion of the pedestrian mall project currently underway between 5th Street and Vine Streets.  The new project will include benches and trees up the hill.
  • Women’s Success Program:  This endowment will support the formal establishment of a program to strengthen leadership opportunities for women students. Activities will include networking opportunities with women professionals and leadership skill development workshops.
  • Chancellor’s Excellence Fund:  The endowment will provide support for unanticipated opportunities that arise throughout the year that are outside the University’s established budget.

“Brenda Lawson is a tremendous friend of our campus, and we greatly appreciate everything she does to support our programs. She has a genuine love for UTC and its students, and it shows in how she commits her time and resources,” said UTC Chancellor Roger Brown.

Lawson has given gifts to help fund the new strength and conditioning building at UTC and the UTC College of Business. Her current pledge is part of UT’s $1 billion private fundraising campaign that began this year.

When Lawson was married to Toby McKenzie, the couple gave a multimillion-dollar gift to UTC in 2000 that paid off the debt of constructing McKenzie Arena.

September 1, 2006

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