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 Donor Stories: Erin Mitchell Watson '91

Watson takes advantage of the Trustee Matching Fund to honor a family legacy



The daughter of two lifelong educators, Erin Mitchell Watson ’91 grew up on the campus of MacMurray College, a small liberal arts college in Illinois. She remembers fondly the time spent in the laboratory of her late father, a member of the chemistry faculty, who later served as academic dean, and then president of the college. Watson found her way to Wofford thanks to the endorsement of a family friend, Dr. B.G. Stephens ’57, who served as president of MacMurray during her father’s tenure as dean.

Now Watson, managing director and head of strategy for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta and a member of the Wofford Alumni Association Board, sees the Trustee Matching Fund as an opportunity to recognize her father's legacy while supporting the college she loves.

Preference for the Edward J. Mitchell Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by Watson and her husband, Tom, will go to a woman majoring in business with a background of campus and community involvement.

"This is less about me and what I'm able to contribute and more about recognizing my father and his impact and accomplishments," says Watson. Watson will always carry with her memories of her father’s support of her Wofford studies in the social sciences, as well as his willingness to bring her into conversations about business. He helped her believe that she could do anything, in any field.

Watson says that scholarship support played a huge role in her ability to attend Wofford with minimal financial burden, and she always has been interested in giving back through a scholarship of her own.

For more information about how to establish an endowed scholarship and take advantage of the Trustee Matching Fund, contact Calhoun Kennedy ’89 at kennedycl@wofford.edu or 864-597-4211.

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