President Inman Honored By CMU

Building named, scholarships created, and more

Dr. Marianne Inman, the President of Central Methodist University, was prepared for a busy and event-filled week of festivities honoring her 18 years leading the institution.

She was in no way prepared, however, for all of the accolades and honors showered upon her during the celebration April 28-May 5, dubbed "The Spirit of Central." The surprises, along with the anticipated activities, made for a memorable weekend for both her and the University.

Inman, who will retire in a few weeks, perhaps was most surprised by the CMU Board of Trustees' announcement that it would name the Student and Community Center in her honor. The soon-to-be Inman Student and Community Center, opened in 2005, was the centerpiece of a $35 million fundraising campaign she led.

Another major surprise, announced on Saturday during a luncheon with the CMU Board, was the establishment of a quarter of a million dollars' worth of endowed scholarships. One $125,000 endowment will be named in her honor, the second of equal amount will be named for her husband David.

CMU Trustees, past and present, funded the scholarship in Dr. Inman's name, while David Inman's honor was made possible by a challenge gift from former Trustee Jay Jacobs and his wife Kelly.

Always a supporter of the arts, President Inman had a triple dose of fine arts recognition as well. CMU instrumental music students dedicated their April 28 concert to her, and it featured a commissioned work honoring her. "Celebration" was composed by CMU adjunct music faculty member Jorge Muniz.

Saturday afternoon, the Ashby Hodge Gallery of American Art at CMU dedicated a painting in her and David's honor. The work, acrylic on canvas and entitled "Farm House," is by Daniel Marks of Ames, Iowa.

Sunday afternoon, CMU vocal music students dedicated their concert to Dr. Inman. It featured a work commissioned in her honor, composed by CMU music professor Dr. Ron Atteberry, entitled "How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings."

The annual CMU Alumni Awards event on Saturday evening (May 2), though not specifically for and about Marianne and David Inman, still provided honors and surprises for both. David was awarded the University Service Award, only the 25th person so recognized in CMU history; Marianne was named the first-ever honorary alumnus of the University.

Yet another highlight, though certainly not a surprise, was the Friday evening (May 3) community celebration of Pres. Inman. A crowd of approximately 450 came to CMU's Puckett Fieldhouse to listen to a series of presenters commend her for her service and achievements on behalf of Central, the community and the state.


Originally posted May 07, 2013


Posted July 16, 2013