Spring Hill College (SHC) welcomed representatives from ExxonMobil as they presented an unrestricted gift of nearly $25,000 on Wednesday as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift program. SHC is one of 11 Alabama colleges and universities to benefit from the program, which matches 3-to-1 the contributions of ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses.
Spring Hill College President Christopher P. Puto, PhD and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Beverly Byl were on hand to accept the gift of $24,675 in a check presentation by Engineering Technical Supervisor Rob Christian and Administrative Assistant Sheri Naramore, both with ExxonMobil’s Mobile Bay Operations.
“The energy sector is a vital element in our region’s economy and there is incredible meaning behind matching gifts of this nature,” said President Puto. “We are so thankful for ExxonMobil employees and their Foundation for their generosity to Spring Hill College.”
In all, the ExxonMobil Foundation donated $646,048 to Alabama colleges and universities for a combined total of $865,053, an increase of six percent over the previous year’s donations. ExxonMobil Asset Manager for the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay Chris Golden said, “Spring Hill College is a valuable resource not only for the local community but for the entire nation, and we at ExxonMobil are pleased to be able to demonstrate our support for higher education in making this contribution.”
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences.