Clarence W. Daugette,III, Pledges $1 Million to JSU
as Family Tribute
concept of new bell tower to be constructed on the former Jacksonville
High School property at the corner of Pelham Road and Beck Circle.
Clarence W. Daugette, III, president of Life Insurance Company of Alabama,
has pledged $1 million to Jacksonville State University to fund a range
of projects as a tribute to his family's leadership role at JSU.
W. Daugette, III
Bill Meehan said the gift includes $500,000 toward construction of a
bell tower on Pelham Road, $250,000 for the C.W. Daugette, Jr., scholarship
fund for International House students, and $250,000 to create the Clarence
W. Daugette, III, Professorship in Finance in the College of Commerce
and Business Administration.
contribution moves JSU toward greatness by assisting with our master
plan and other needs in academic and student affairs," Dr. Meehan said.
Daugette, a 1974
business graduate, said he became excited about the projects after realizing
they would serve as lasting symbols of his family's legacy.
"My family has been
associated with Jacksonville State University from its inception," he
said. "I felt it was important to honor their contribution in a permanent
manner, and the projects that President Meehan brought to my attention
The tower will cost
approximately $1 million to construct. Alumna Miriam Haywood,
a 1945 graduate, established a legacy gift to help complete the project.
Jay Jenkins, of
Jenkins Monroe Jenkins Architecture in Anniston, said the bell tower
will stand approximately 60 feet tall on the site formerly occupied
by Jacksonville High School at the corner of Beck Circle and Pelham
Road. The site is across the road from The Magnolias, the former private
residence of President C.W. Daugette, who was the grandfather of Clarence
W. Daugette, III.
"Because the tower
will be near where my father grew up, I felt like it was important for
the family to be involved in the project," Daugette said."The
tower will give a focal point to the university and will become a symbol
of JSU that will be lasting and will have meaning to students. Since
the high school has been torn down, the property is a logical focal
point for motorists entering the campus. It's a gateway to the university."
According to Jenkins,
"We've performed quite a bit of research on university bell towers and
have come up with a gothic design that will fit in well with the surrounding
He said the structure
will feature a walk-through stone base with red bricks above the walkway.
Jenkins said the tower will not have public access, as most of the building
will simply contain the sound system bells, chimes, or a computerized
carillon. Jenkins said the structure will be far enough from Bibb Graves
Hall's bell tower so that chimes from the two structures will not conflict.
of Daugette's gift will strengthen JSU's business program. Dr. Bill
Fielding, dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration,
said the contribution will aid the college's accreditation process.
"Finance is a very
expensive area to fund right now, and it's hard to get professors,"
Fielding said. "In the faculty recruiting process, the gift will allow
us to subsidize and meet market requirements. This will be a great benefit
to the university in moving forward with our accreditation process."
The third portion
of Daugette's gift will fully fund the C.W. Daugette Jr. scholarship
program, which is housed with the International Endowment Foundation,
Inc. The $250,000 will raise the Daugette scholarship, which is named
in honor of the late chairman of the board of trustees, to approximately
Dr. John Ketterer,
director of JSU's International House, said, "I am pleased to see that
Clarence Daugette and the Daugette family have once again taken the
leadership role and set the example of commitment to the International
House program and to the goals of global understanding that we have
always had with this program."
Daugette, born and
raised in Gadsden, graduated from Gadsden High School in 1969. He was
commissioned into the Army Reserves, where he served 12 years. He worked
in banking until 1976, then became an agent for Life Insurance Company
of Alabama, which was founded by his father in 1952. Daugette became
vice president in charge of investments in 1979, a position he held
until he was named president in 1987.
Daugette is active
in civic affairs as a member of Downtown Gadsden, Inc., the Chamber
of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and is a member of the Episcopal Church
of the Holy Comforter, where he serves on the vestry. He serves as president
of the International Endowment Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation
that supports JSU's International House program. He also serves as president
of Gadsden's Boys and Girls Club. He is a life member of the Jacksonville
State University Alumni Association.
A military history
enthusiast, Daugette presents annual awards honoring his great-grandfather,
General John H. Forney, to outstanding military graduates at Jacksonville
State University and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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