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Thigpen pledges $25,000 to new Hildegard Stanley Music Center
|Dr. David R. Smith (from left) and Hildegard Stanley accept the first installment of Don Thigpen’s $25,000 pledge to the Hildegard Stanley Music Center, currently under construction on the Mount Vernon campus. Thigpen is CEO of Mount Vernon Bank. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON— Don Thigpen, CEO of Mount Vernon Bank, presented Hildegard Stanley and Dr. David R. Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College, with the first installment of a $25,000 pledge May 22. The pledge will be used towards the completion of the Hildegard Stanley Music Center, currently under construction on the college’s Mount Vernon campus.
According to Thigpen, his gift supports a much-needed institution in south Georgia. “Brewton-Parker College is very important to this community and the area. We are happy to contribute to the progress of the college,” said Thigpen.
“Mount Vernon Bank is a good friend of Brewton-Parker College, but Don Thigpen is an even stronger advocate for this college and all of its employees and students,” said Dr. David R. Smith, president of BPC. “Over and over again, Don has contributed his financial support, his leadership and his advice to us in ways that have made BPC a better institution with closer relations with our local community. When I consider his many acts of encouragement and support through the past nine years, I could never adequately express my gratitude to this important ally.”
Director of Development Roger Byrd added that Thigpen’s “love and support for Brewton-Parker and its mission led to his selection as Alumni of the Year in 2006. When it comes to Brewton-Parker and supporting the good work (of the college), Don Thigpen is always at the head of the line.”
Stanley, the former chair of the college’s music division and current part-time consultant to the president for external relations, is now “Dr. Stanley”. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the May 12 graduation at the Mount Vernon campus. The Honorary Doctorate is the highest honor bestowed by the college.