A Salt Lake banking family has donated $1 million to Weber State College to maintain and enhance the quality of its instructors.
Richard and Shirley Hemingway and their children Henry, Jane, Helen Ann and daughter-in-law, Cathy, have established the Hemingway Faculty Trust, said college spokesman Howard Noel.Interest from the fund, which will be paid in yearly installments during the next five years, will provide financial recognition, awards and incentive programs for college faculty members, said Weber State President Stephen Nadauld, who said he is "ecstatic . . . tickled pink" by the donation.
Attracting and retaining excellent instructors is critical to the institution, he said. "It's something we have to worry about the most," Nadauld said.
The contribution boosts donations for the college's Centennial Fund Drive to $12.8 million, said drive chairman John S. Hinckley.
Representatives for the drive are pushing to raise the remaining $300,000 to meet the campaign goal of $13.1 million by June 9, Nadauld said.
The Hemingways could not be reached for comment.
Richard Hemingway, a former Ogden resident, was presented an honorary degree by the college in 1975 in recognition of his support for the school's growth.
Hemingway's father, Harold, founded Commercial Security Bank, which now is Key Bank, Noel said.
Richard and Shirley Hemingway recently were honored as Ogden Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame designees for their support of community service, volunteer leadership and support of the arts.