Texas Woman’s University honored two community members with Founders’ Awards during the annual scholarship luncheon, as well as the outgoing president and chancellor of the university.
Bettye Myers, TWU professor and community activist, and Chuck Carpenter, president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, were the two planned recipients of the award this year, which rewards individuals, businesses and foundations for their contributions to the university.
Outgoing TWU President and Chancellor Ann Stuart was also honored with the award — a planned surprise for her that was not publicized before the event, which supports the TWU Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarships, a cause close to Stuart and her late husband.
“Always anything that honors students and allows them to succeed and have support is important to both me and my husband,” she said. “Then, to receive this as a surprise, and be part of the Founders’ Award ceremony was icing on the cake — I’m just so thrilled, appreciative and in awe.”
Before Stuart received her award, she presented both Myers and Carpenter with their awards, noting their accomplishments with TWU and Denton.
Stuart noted Myers has been on the faculty at TWU since 1961, and cited the numerous community service awards she has received over the years as a result of contributions to local organizations.
“Rare is the nonprofit that has not benefited from her support, either as a volunteer, a member of the board or a donor,” Stuart said.
For Carpenter, she noted that service to local chambers of commerce runs in the family, as his father was a chamber executive and now his daughter works for the chamber in Austin. Both Stuart and Carpenter noted that he met his wife while she was a student at TWU, and he said the university has been involved in his personal and professional life ever since.
“We consider higher education, specifically Texas Woman’s University, our industry, and we’re about industrial development in our community, so to be recognized for something that we do naturally, it’s a mutual admiration,” he said.
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