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WVU Foundation to induct new Irvin Stewart Society members April 10

The West Virginia University Foundation will honor donors on Tuesday, April 10, whose planned gifts over the past year will provide for the future of the University. 

The Foundation’s Irvin Stewart Society will welcome 39 new members during a lunch and induction ceremony at the Erickson Alumni Center. Membership in the Society is given to those who include a gift provision in a will or revocable trust, create a life-income gift, designate an after-death gift of a retirement account, make checking, savings or stock accounts payable upon death, donate life insurance, or make a gift of real estate with a retained life interest benefiting WVU and its entities.  

“What an incredible impact our Irvin Stewart Society members have made on the WVU community,” said WVU Foundation Director of Planned Giving Matthew Clark. “From scholarships, to research, to faculty support, to student enrichment, to extension, and all the other programs that our planned giving donors have supported, we are honored and humbled that so many have placed their trust in the WVU Foundation to be faithful stewards of their legacy.”  

The Society, created in 1992 by the WVU Foundation, is named after the University’s 13th president, Dr. Irvin Stewart. Currently, the Irvin Stewart Society boasts approximately 1,200 members with over 890 living members. 

WVU Department of Forensic and Investigative Science Chair Dr. Suzanne Bell and her husband, Michael, are among the new Irvin Stewart Society inductees. 

“Mike and I have had a wonderful experience at WVU,” Bell said. “We came here because we sensed that the University and Eberly College were serious about building and supporting a forensic science program that would make a difference in our profession and in the administration of justice. The students leaving here are prepared for their careers in a way we were not, and that is a source of satisfaction and pride that we will carry for the rest of our lives.  We want to do what we can to support the program, the College, WVU and most importantly, the students even after we are gone.” 

To include WVU in your will and contribute to the future of the University, contact Matthew Clark at 304.284.4033 or

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