Friday, December 07, 2012
UWG faculty and staff assembled in the Alumni House to say goodbye to Ernie Henderson (‘71), director of planned giving, at a recent retirement reception for 10 years of service.
“Ernie had a special way of making alumni feel needed, wanted and connected to UWG,” said Diane Homesley, director of Development and Alumni Relations. “The planned giving program will reap benefits for the university and for the students for decades to come.”
Development and Alumni Relations presented Henderson with a plaque in honor of his dedication, service and love for UWG. They also commemorated Henderson’s penchant for tell bad jokes by giving him an empty jar and a roll of quarters. “Every time I told a bad joke I had to put a quarter in a piggy bank,” laughed Henderson, who thoroughly enjoyed working with his colleagues.
“This is by far the best group I have ever worked with,” said Henderson. “The Department of Development will go far because they always work as a team. I will definitely miss them along with the friends and alumni I have met through the years working with planned giving.”
Homesley was proud to announce that Henderson secured a $250,000 donation for the university just before leaving the department.
“Many people don’t know that Ernie actually established the planned giving program for our university,” said Homesley. “We will definitely have some big shoes to fill. I don’t know how we will do it, but we will give it our best shot.”
For more information on planned giving, visit Development and Alumni Relations.