Giving
Societies

Become a member and join the icons of WCU philanthropy

Your gift is invaluable to driving WCU’s mission forward. You can accomplish even more as a member of a WCU Foundation giving society — for the University, and for other donors.

That’s because a giving society is a unique space where you can share experiences and ideas with like-minded philanthropists. And with exclusive member events and recognition, giving societies shine a light on dedicated donors like you, inspiring even more support from the greater WCU community

Giving<br />Societies

President’s Circle

As a member of the President’s Circle, you can cement the future of West Chester University and its students with lifetime, consecutive, or annual giving that sets you apart as a leader in philanthropic vision.

When you make your lasting gift commitment, you’ll join the ranks of decades of our most generous donors and community partners — all while unlocking access to the President’s Circle Dinner, ceremonial recognition, and membership in even more prestigious society memberships.

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George Morris Philips Society

When you make a lasting gift to support WCU, you can join more than 400 alumni, faculty, and other benefactors as a member of the prestigious George Morris Philips Society.

Attend exclusive Society and annual events. Be recognized on-campus and at the WCU Alumni & Foundation Center. And build a legacy that will drive student success for years to come.

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An Overview

The Lasting Impact of Society Members & Community Partners

Stephanie & Edward N.
Collison, Jr. '93

Members of the Heritage Arch Society and Carillon Topaz Club

Twenty Years of Experience Brought Back to WCU
Stephanie & Edward N.<br>Collison, Jr. '93

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As President of Hobbs & Company, Inc. based in Boothwyn, Ed Collison, Jr. ’93 has worked on many large contracts, but he counts the completion of three residence halls on WCU’s campus, and projects in Sykes and Anderson Halls, as his proudest. Hobbs & Company, Inc. has also been essential in the relocation of the campus cell tower in preparation for the Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons; he is a current WCU Foundation Trustee. Stephanie Collison is Principal Product Management Business Analyst on the Customs Development team with Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG), a leading provider of human capital management solutions in the cloud. Ed and Stephanie are past President’s Community Scholarship Gala co-chairs and created the Collison Family Scholarship last year.

Ann & Carl R. Gersbach '70

Members of the Heritage-Old Main Society

WCU Education Leads to Success On & Off the Field
Ann & Carl R. Gersbach '70

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For Ann and Carl R. Gersbach ’70, West Chester University is home. The WCU campus is where they first met and is the hometown they returned to after Carl’s seven years as a linebacker in the National Football League. As a Senior Vice President at CBRE, he provides real estate services and consulting to corporations and public sector clients throughout North America. Ann, a talented artist, has served St. Agnes School in West Chester for many years, as it was the school she attended as a young girl. Carl takes pride in giving back and supporting student-athletes through The W. Glenn Killinger Scholarship, the Football Assistance Fund, and the annual QB Classic Golf Tournament; he has served as a WCU Foundation Trustee and as past President of Killinger Foundation.

Barbara J. Lappano '67, M'73

Member of the Heritage-1871 Society
Topaz Club of the Carillon Society
George Morris Philips Society

Dedicated to WCU Since Her Days as a Student
Barbara J. Lappano '67, M'73

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To say that Barbara J. Lappano ’67, M’73 is held in high esteem at West Chester University is quite an understatement. A physical education major and WCU cheerleader, she cheered for the Golden Rams football team at their first appearance in the Tangerine Bowl. As a member of the faculty from 1970-2004, she taught dance education, technique, and theory courses, coached WCU cheerleading, and also implemented a dance minor for the University in the Theatre Department. In the community, Barbara has choreographed musical theater productions for The Savoy Company, The Montgomery School, The Hill School, and Downingtown Area School District; she teaches ballet, jazz, and musical theater – and consults – through her own business, Dance by Design. In 2007, she established the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship. A former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, she received the President’s Medallion for Service in 2019.

Dr. & Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Former WCU President Dr. Charles S. Swope and his wife Edna – both 1921 graduates of West Chester State Normal School – dedicated their lives to the school’s enrichment.

The Epitome of a Vital Community Partnership
Dr. & Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation

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Since 1960, the Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship Foundation has operated as a private foundation dedicated to supporting high achieving WCU students. The Foundation is named after Dr. Charles S. Swope, President of West Chester State Teachers College from 1935-1959. In 2021, the funds were gifted to West Chester University to create an endowed scholarship, The Swope Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Swope’s grandchildren – Dr. Dawn Swope Apgar and Charles E. Swope, Jr. (Chuck) have worked tirelessly to carry on the intention and tradition of their family’s foundation. Dawn is Assistant Professor and Director for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Seton Hall University, and Chuck is Broker of Record and Chairman of Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate, LLC in West Chester.

Recognizing the Donor Communtiy

The vision and generosity of every individual and organization is what advances the mission of West Chester University. See all our donors so far — then decide how you want to make your mark.

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