Mar 29, 2016
by Laura Smith
Loyal donors are key to our mission. The Loyal Lions giving society of Flagler College honors those who provide continuity to our institution by making gifts for a minimum of five consecutive years. Some of our Loyal Lions have been giving to the college for more than 40 years, and we are proud of and grateful to this growing group of Flagler supporters. The list of Loyal Lions is long; here’s an introduction to just a few of the friends who make up this special group.
John D. and Peggy Bailey Sr. — Champions of Flagler College since its early days, the Baileys are a treasure for our institution. John served 40 years on the Board of Directors and currently holds the status of Trustee Emeritus. John and Peggy have impacted the lives of former, current and future Flagler students by establishing the John D. and Peggy Bailey Endowed Scholarship. In 2005 they funded the Bailey Lounge in the Ringhaver Student Center, an area used and appreciated daily by students.
Kathleen Meehan, ‘74 — Kathleen Meehan and her family — including brothers Peter Meehan, ‘76, and Bernard Meehan, ‘83, as well as Theresa Greenwood, ‘87 — have been long-time supporters of their alma mater, and have had the joy of seeing a number of children, nieces, nephews and extended family attend the college over the past four decades. (Peter also served as director of Admissions.) “Once you’ve been connected to Flagler, well, it just becomes part of your DNA,” said Kathleen. “That’s probably why it’s easy for us to be supportive and to stay excited about the school. My family started with Flagler when we were just kids. We saw it change from the old hotel to the college. Immediately we saw that it was a wonderful institution, and it still is.”
Bill Wood, ‘79 — A 35-year veteran of Lockheed Martin, Wood’s career has taken him all over the world. But he has never stopped thinking about the influence his undergraduate alma mater had on his future trajectory as an aerospace professional. “Flagler College is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” he said. Bill credits the college’s focus on teaching and its student-focused mission with helping him find his passion and learn discipline and leadership. “I think that’s why I’ll always support Flagler College,” he said.