The Columns Society
The Columns Society recognizes the generosity of alumni and friends who have made provisions for the University of Memphis through any one of a variety of estate
planning options, including bequests, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities
or gifts of life insurance. Please click the title above to view a list of members
for fiscal year 2012.
The Centennial Circle recognizes individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations
whose cumulative giving to the University of Memphis totals $25,000 or more, including
annual gifts, gifts to endowments, capital projects, and irrevocable planned gifts.
The Centennial Circle is composed of three societies:
Mynders Society - $1,000,000 or more lifetime giving
The Mynders Society, formerly known as the University Fellows, recognizes lifetime
giving to the University of $1,000,000 or more. It is named for Seymour Mynders, the
first president of the West Tennessee Normal School, which later became the University
of Memphis. Mynders Hall was one of the two original buildings on campus, along with
the Administration Building.
Brister Society - $100,000 to $999.999 lifetime giving
The Brister Society, formerly the Benefactor's Circle, is named for J. Willard Brister,
the second president of the Normal School. The Brister Society recognizes lifetime
giving of $100,000-$999,999. Brister Hall, originally Brister Library, was constructed
in 1927 and named for President Brister's son.
Manning Society - $25,000 to $99,999 lifetime giving
The Manning Society is named for Professor Priestley Hartwell Manning, who joined
the faculty with the school's opening in 1912. Sixteen years later, he bequeathed
the bulk of his estate to establish a scholarship fund. The Manning Society recognizes
lifetime giving of $25,000 - $99,999. Manning Hall, built in 1928, is named for him.
The President’s Society recognizes donors who have demonstrated their leadership and
support by making an annual gift of $1,000 or more to support academic initiatives.
Recent graduates (within 10 years) who make a gift of at least $500 are also recognized
as members of the President’s Society. Please click the title above to view a list of President's Society members for fiscal
Blue and Grey Society
The Blue and Grey Society recognizes regular giving to the University. Building and stewarding a committed group of Annual Fund supporters is also key to
maintaining a solid financial foundation for the U of M. For this reason, we recognize
and celebrate the donors loyal in their support of the University of Memphis’s academic
initiatives. Donors who make an annual gift for five or more consecutive years or
who have made a gift every year since graduation, are recognized through membership
in the Blue and Grey Society.