The Carl Albert State College Development Foundation received a $50,000 endowment from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma. Executive Director of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma John Logan, and Grand Master of the Masons Rick Allison presented the endowment to CASC Development Foundation Chairman Steve Holton at the Foundation’s Semi-Annual Trustee Meeting on April 6, 2017.
The endowment will support the creation of the CASC Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Program. CASC President Jay Falkner stated, “We could not be more excited about this opportunity. Several weeks ago, CASC Development Foundation Executive Director Mandy Roberts and I met with the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma regarding this possibility, and to be awarded this endowment is a wonderful benefit for our students now and in the future.”
The LEAD Program is designed to provide educational and leadership learning opportunities to community college students while empowering them to become social change agents both on campus and in the community. According to Roberts, CASC looks forward to the opportunity to enhance student activities programs through this endowment. In addition, a Leadership Lecture Series will be developed, and LEADer Workshops will be put into place for emerging student leaders each semester.
Holton expressed appreciation to the Masons, “Your commitment to higher education is evident, and we appreciate the emphasis you are placing on the importance of students’ success.” He concluded, “On behalf of Carl Albert State College and the Development Foundation, we sincerely appreciate this generous gift and your investment in our students.”
Pictured left to right are CASC Development Foundation officers including Secretary James Smith, Vice Chair Ty Barrett, Executive Director Mandy Roberts, Chairman Steve Holton, Grand Master of the Masons Rick Allison, and CASC President Jay Falkner.