Tennessee State University receives largest private gift in its history
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Former Tigerbelle Donates $1 Million


The largest private contribution in the history of Tennessee State University was donated last week from Charles and Edith Duvall to the university. Mrs. Duvall is a 1966 graduate of TSU.

Forty-five percent of the $1 million endowed trust will be used to establish the Charles and Edith Duvall Endowment For Excellence in Women’s Track, the purpose of which will be applied toward general operations of the Women’s Track Program; 30 percent will be applied toward the general scholarship fund with the Scholarship Committee administering the funds; and 25 percent will be applied toward the College of Education with the Dean of Education administering the funds.

Tigerbelle Edith MaguireThe TSU Foundation, as part of its general investment portfolio, will manage the endowment.

“This leadership gift will foster greater alumni giving. This gift will encourage others--especially those who have the capacity to give in this range--to donate to TSU, setting a new standard for monetary donations,” said Shereitte Stokes, vice president for university relations and development.

Duvall, a member of the vaunted TSU Tigerbelles track team, won a gold medal in the women’s 200m and silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m relays in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, according to the International Olympic Committee Web site.

The Duvalls are retired after operating several McDonald’s franchises in California.

University President, Dr. Melvin N. Johnson said he hopes the historic amount of the donation will raise the bar for other donors to contribute to the school.

“This becomes a leadership gift,” Johnson said.

“If others can see that this person is so committed and has received so much from her university that she wants to give back in a real way, it’s going to open up other opportunities for us.”


Edith Maguire wins as Tigerbelle

“When I look back at Tennessee State, it has done so much for so many different people,” Edith McGuire Duvall said from her Oakland home. “If I can continue to help some other people, then I want to be able to do that.”