Former SCC Foundation Board Chair Supports Building the Dream


Southeastern Community College’s Building the Dream capital campaign has received another major gift, this time from former SCC Foundation Board chair Jerry Courtney and his wife, Pat. The couple have pledged a generous gift of $25,000.

Loyalty runs deep with Mr. Courtney, explains SCC Foundation Board Executive Director Becky Rump.

“When Jerry commits to something, he’s all in. Not only did he serve on the SCC Foundation board for 24 years, his career spans more than 50 years with Northwestern Mutual, and he’s the longest active referee in the Tri-State Officials Association with 54 years in black and white stripes.”

Rump continues that shortly after Jerry joined the SCC Foundation Board in 1990, he served as a guiding force, teaching her how to work with the board and secure support from the community.

“Jerry and Pat are good friends of SCC,” says SCC President Dr. Michael Ash. “Not only do I see them support SCC at many College events, they’ve continued their show of support with their generous gift of $25,000. All their actions have significance.”

Building the Dream campaign chair and SCC alumnus Mike Shinn praises the Courtneys for their ongoing and very public involvement. “Including the Courtney’s gift, the College has secured funding commitments of over $9.3 million of the campaign’s $12 million goal. We are grateful to this generous couple for helping us get closer to our target.”

The Building the Dream capital campaign supports SCC’s construction initiative of the same name. It includes the new Health Professions Center and the Hall of Sciences on the West Burlington campus, and the Industrial Technologies Training Center on the Keokuk campus. With an estimated total project cost of $27 million, it is the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure investment undertaken by SCC since 1995.

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