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WVU Foundation inducts new Irvin Stewart Society members

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The Irving Stewart Society virtually welcomed 132 members at its 26th celebration event April 9.

The West Virginia University Foundation honored donors whose recent planned gifts will benefit the future of the University.

The Irving Stewart Society virtually welcomed 132 new members at its 26th celebration event April 9. WVU President E. Gordon Gee and WVU Foundation President & CEO Cindi Roth were main speakers at the event. A recorded version of the ceremony is available here.

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.

“The pandemic has caused a surge of interest in estate planning, and we are so grateful that so many of our supporters have chosen to name the West Virginia University Foundation as a part of their future plans,” said Matthew Clark, WVU Foundation director of planned giving. “Each planned gift is a deeply personal decision, and we are truly honored and humbled to have so many new members of the Irvin Stewart Society.”

The Society, created in 1992 by the WVU Foundation, is named after the University’s 13th president, Irvin Stewart. Currently, the Irvin Stewart Society boasts nearly 1,500 members, with 980 living members.

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

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