Tuesday, June 25th, 2024

Alumna Named Newest Eckert Honoree

The Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Service and Philanthropy Endowment Award ceremony honored Karen Ashkar Murley ’63

Starting in 2015, the Susan C. and Gerald C. Eckert Service and Philanthropy Endowment Award has been given to a recipient to encourage others in philanthropic support and recognize a commitment of service to Millersville University. This year’s recipient, Karen Ashkar Murley ’63, was honored with an award ceremony on April 9 at the Eckert Art Gallery that celebrated her decades of support to scholarships, academic programs and more at Millersville. As a part of the recognition, Murley will choose a University program to receive the annual spendable income from the endowment.

The endowment award is selected based on exemplary service and philanthropy in advancing the mission of public higher education. Innovative ideas or practices assisting public higher education are considered as a part of the selection criteria. Murley is a member of Millersville’s exclusive Fiat Lux Society which honors the contributions of donors whose gifts and pledges total $1 million or more.

“I am honored, and still in awe, to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the award. Thank you to Susan and Jerry for their forward thinking in recognizing and supporting so generously the very necessary habit of giving to support Millersville University’s mission and its students,” shares Murley. “My thanks to the advancement staff who continue to cordially and inventively guide my contributions in a variety of ways for meaningful results. It has been my pleasure, frequently, to see and to learn from the positive outcomes of investing in our students our future.”

About the Eckert Art Gallery
The Eckert Art Gallery was opened in 2012 with the mission to present diverse, dynamic and meaningful visual art experiences that inspire learners to grow intellectually and personally. Today, it is the University’s main exhibition space and seeks to feature nationally and internationally recognized artists to infuse the local and regional art community with new perspectives and exceptional visual art.

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