JACKSON, Tenn. – Nov. 9, 2011 – Union University received a check for $1.8 million Nov. 9 from the estate of Robert and Dera Ashby.
Gary Grisham, president of BancorpSouth in Jackson, and Doug Roth, senior vice president and regional manager of BancorpSouth, delivered the check to Union University President David S. Dockery. The money will be used for student scholarships.
Dera Ashby died in 2009, and her husband passed away several years earlier. For many years, they ran Ashby Lumber in Jackson. Mrs. Ashby was a 1966 Union graduate in nursing.
“We are deeply grateful to the Ashby family and the leaders of BancorpSouth for this generous gift that will support Union students for many years to come,” Dockery said.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Thursday, March 5, with all day and evening classes canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.
Friday's Preview Day has been canceled.
Nathan Shoemaker's junior recital has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Hartley Recital Hall.
Brewer Dining Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for continuous service.