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Thomas University honored its outstanding supporters during the annual Forbes Society Dinner held Thursday, Feb. 4, at Glen Arven Country Club. Participants and honorees include (from left) John Glenn, Chair of the TU Board of Trustees; Harry Tomlinson, recipient of the Vicey Harris Award; Mary and John Weber, recipients of the Ambassadors’ Award; Hayes Balfour accepting the W. Cameron Forbes Award on behalf of his grandfather, R.C. Balfour III; Stephen Cheney accepting the President’s Award on behalf of Thomasville National Bank; and Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President.


TU honors outstanding supporters at annual Forbes Society Dinner

Thomas University held its annual Forbes Society Dinner honoring its donors, supporters and scholarship recipients on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville. Four awards were presented in recognition of the recipients’ service to TU

The Ambassadors’ Award was presented to John and Mary Weber. This award is given to individuals in appreciation of exceptional volunteer commitment to Thomas University.  These individuals’ selfless contribution of their time and energy has been vital to the activities of the University.

Mary Weber, a TU alumna, has served on the TU Alumni Board of Governors since its inception, serving as secretary, president-elect, and president. She has also served on the Board of Trustees as an alumni representative and has been an active member and president of the Thomas University Phi Tau chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. John Weber has been by his wife’s side at many of the events and always has been a strong advocate for TU.

Thomasville National Bank received the President’s Award, which is given to a corporation or foundation that consistently supports the Thomas University mission and that has consistently fostered the continued growth of all aspects of the University.

Thomasville National Bank has regularly made lead gifts representing the financial services sector in Thomasville towards TU’s capital projects. These projects have brought about visible changes on campus and require partnerships with individual and business donors who have the foresight to envision the positive effects the projects will have not just on TU, but on the community as a whole. Thomasville National Bank clearly has that foresight and vision.

Harry Tomlinson received the Vicey Harris Award, which recognizes an individual for unique service to Thomas University during a critical time in the school’s history.  This award is named in honor of Mrs. Vicey Harris, whose initial gift of $10,000 began the Birdwood College fund, setting the foundation for Thomas University.

Tomlinson’s efforts with TU’s Magnolia Campus expansion project have been immeasurable. His experience as a contractor has been invaluable, assisting with coordination with the City of Thomasville building permit officials and seeing the Magnolia Campus Housing project through to fruition.

R.C. Balfour III received this year’s W. Cameron Forbes Award. Named in honor of one of TU’s founders, this award is given to an individual who displays a life-long commitment to education and to Thomas University.

Balfour, known as a perpetual learner, is a generous supporter of Thomas University. The chapel on Main Campus bears his name, and Balfour often comes to the chapel to share the fruits of his continuing education through his ever-engaging novels and writings.

Balfour’s grandson, Hayes Balfour, accepted the award on his grandfather’s behalf.

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