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Alumnus Makes Transformational Gift

Published February 27, 2014

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Joe (BBA79) and Cathy McCormick

Joe (BBA79) and Cathy McCormick

Eastern Michigan University alumnus Joe McCormick and his wife Cathy have recently committed a major gift from their estate to the University's College of Business.

"The McCormick's gift will be made because of their belief in the power of an education received from EMU and the effect the University had on their lives," said Cheryl Kernander, the director of development for the College of Business.

Joe majored in administrative services and graduated with a bachelor of business administration in 1979. He currently is employed at The DTE Energy Company as the Manager of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure project.

"My time at EMU prepared me for my career," McCormick said. "I'm convinced that had it not been for EMU, I wouldn't be where I am now and for that I am very grateful."

While the McCormicks are still deciding how they want their planned gift directed within the College of Business, their legacy will create better programs and an atmosphere of recognition for the University.

"I want the gift to create better academic programs and help with continued prosperity and recognition," said McCormick. "I want to see the University get the recognition it deserves."

Gifts from private donors allow for the University to continue its commitment to education. These donations also provide opportunities that allow students to make the most of their education at EMU through educational and extracurricular experiences.

"Private gifts allow for a margin of excellence and help the University create unique and timely programs," Kernander said. "These gifts advance the education of our students by allowing us to deliver the type of strong and relevant curriculum required in today's corporate environment."

Planned gifts let donors support programs far into the future while also providing tax and other benefits. To learn more about planned giving, please visit the EMU Foundation's planned giving website.

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