• President Emeritus Green’s legacy extends through estate gift

    Posted: February 18, 2011

    Author: Meaghan Gordon

    In showing his support for the University and its “The University We Will Be” fundraising campaign, President Emeritus Asa N. Green has established through an estate gift the Betty Green Enhancement Fund in memory of his beloved first lady.

    “I want to perpetuate Betty’s legacy and ensure that her contributions to the University are remembered,” said Green, a Mars Hill, Maine, native who served as University president from 1973 until 1993. 

    “Betty had what I call the ‘Livingston Complex’—she genuinely loved this place,” he continued.  

    “Before moving to Sumter County, she had never lived in a small town, but she enjoyed the way people look after one another here.” 

    Green says his wife had a wonderful relationship with students, and he jokes that it was easy for her to be loved because “she didn’t have to chastise them as I did.” 

     An Anderson, Indiana, native, Betty Green was an avid basketball fan. In addition, the couple hardly missed a Tiger football game during his 20-year presidency. The Greens remained in Livingston following his retirement and enjoyed cruises and vacations to Europe before Betty’s death in 2004.   

     Green’s bequest will honor his wife’s memory and serve as a discretionary fund for the University’s president. 

     “I could recall wanting as little as $250 for a project and not having it in the budget,” said Green, one of the newest members of the Holland Legacy Society. “This fund will provide grants to meet special needs as they arise.” 

     Green’s proudest accomplishments during his tenure include nearly tripling enrollment, including a large increase in African-American enrollment. He also cites building a strong faculty and constructing the Wallace Student Union Building, Reed Hall, Hoover Apartments, Homer Field House and the Hunt Technology Complex as points of pride. 

     During his presidency, the institution also established the Ira D. Pruitt School of Nursing, which is known throughout the state for its quality program. Green says several UWA graduates and nursing students lovingly cared for Betty during a 3-month-hospitalizion before her death. 

     “Supervisors told us they were glad to have well-trained UWA nurses on staff,” he added.    

     Now, Green’s legacy of helping the University will continue for years to come through his generous estate gift.  

     “I’m delighted the University has established the Holland Legacy Society for deferred giving,” he said. “Remembering UWA in your will allows you to provide for yourself, but still make a significant gift to the University.” 

     The Richard and Rebecca Holland Legacy Society recognizes generous donors who have named UWA as a beneficiary in their estate plans or have made other planned gifts such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and life insurance policies. Like Green, these visionary donors have a far-reaching impact on UWA and the quality of the educational experience we provide our students. 

    Membership in the Holland Legacy Society is awarded to anyone who submits documentation of the gift, regardless of the amount. If you have already named UWA as the beneficiary of a planned gift, please notify the Development Office so we may welcome you as a Holland Legacy Society member. 

    For more information on joining the Holland Legacy Society, please contact the UWA Development Office at 205-652-5467 or ttartt@uwa.edu.  

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