FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Public Affairs, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713
Sheanna Spence, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs and Community Relations, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University School of Pharmacy are recipients of a $100,000 gift from Jerry and Margaret Hodge of Amarillo, Texas.
Jerry Hodge is a pharmacist and chairman of a national pharmacy services corporation. He was recently honored with a 50-year pharmacy award by the Texas Board of Pharmacy.
“After having become acquainted with the work underway at both the school of medicine and school of pharmacy at Marshall, I have gained tremendous respect for both Joe Shapiro and Kevin Yingling,” Hodge said. “We are so pleased we can help offset some of those expenses for students and now, Margaret and I can say, We are…Marshall.”
The gift was jointly announced today by both deans. The funding will be split equally with both programs to create scholarship endowments and marks the largest private gift to date for the nearly four-year-old pharmacy school.
“This exceptional gift will have many positive effects on pharmacy education at Marshall University,” said Kevin W. Yingling, R.Ph., M.D., dean of the school of pharmacy. “Mr. Hodge’s commitment to the pharmacy profession in the United States is truly noteworthy and his support for Marshall’s program is very much appreciated.”
Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the school of medicine, said the scholarship gift will boost efforts to reduce the crushing debt that many students incur during medical school.
“The cost of medical education is a significant burden for many of our students,” Shapiro said. “Reducing educational debt allows the next generation of doctors to choose whichever avenue of medical practice they want without being influenced by high debt. I’m grateful to the Hodge family for helping our students.”
In addition to his pharmacy career, Hodge has been active in civic life in Texas, serving two terms as mayor of Amarillo and as a city councilman. He has served as president of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, vice chairman of the Texas Department of Corrections and chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.
He and his wife Margaret have four children and seven grandchildren with another grandchild expected in May.
Information about scholarship donations and other gifts for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine may be directed to Linda Holmes, at 304-691-1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifts for the Marshall University School of Pharmacy may be directed to Christine Anderson, at 304-696-3966 or email@example.com.
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Date Posted: Monday, February 01, 2016