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Why I Give: Q&A with Skip Kughn, retired vice president for institutional advancement

A Q&A with Skip Kughn, retired vice president for institutional advancement

Skip Kughn

Skip Kughn

What are the feelings that run through your head when you think about getting this honorary diploma?

I was surprised and shocked! It is hard to put into words since I devoted most of my professional life to R-MWC and Randolph College. I am humbled.

Why have you been so committed to the College?

First, I believed strongly in the mission of R-MWC. I saw what it did for our daughter (Allison Kughn Ebert ’93) and the confidence she gained through her time there. I also saw this in thousands of other R-MWC alumnae. The transition to coeducation was very challenging, but there was a very important element that gave me the confidence that Randolph would be successful and that is our impressive faculty. Those outstanding professors were there to support both women and now men, and they are doing a fine job. I have also enjoyed meaningful relationships with our
presidents (now eight including two interim presidents), the Board of Trustees, alumnae, other volunteers, and colleagues through the years.

Do you have a fondest memory?
My fondest memories are:
• Getting to know and work with Bill Quillian (and Margaret.)
• There are three events that are always very special to me—graduation, Reunion, and Alumnae and Alumni Leadership Council with the distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award recognition. These women are impressive examples of thousands of alumnae across the country and around the world.

You’ve supported the College financially through the years as well. Why?

Tina and I felt we had to demonstrate our support regularly for the Annual Fund and Capital Campaigns. If we didn’t support those efforts how could I ask others to join me? We continue to support the Annual Fund and are in the process of establishing an endowed scholarship in Allison’s name.

Why is it important for people to give to Randolph?

To demonstrate their support for the College’s mission! The R-MWC and Randolph alums have demonstrated what it means to give in their professions, in their communities, and in their voluntary service. I am very proud to be a small part of that.

You and Bill Quillian are the only honorary alumni from the college. How does it feel to be in that kind of company?

I knew Bill Quillian was an honorary alumnus of the College and just assumed there were others but really never thought about it. This honor is very special to me since I was the last senior officer that Bill appointed before his retirement. Even after retirement he served as a mentor as I found my way through the College as well as working together with several non-profits in the community.

When you started here at the College, did you ever expect to devote so much time and energy to the place?

In our profession, development officers tend to move frequently for professional advancement. I can think of five or six colleagues who have had similar tenures at their institutions. I’m not sure I would feel the same sense of pride and accomplishment if I had moved from institution to institution.

Was it worth it?

Without a doubt! I have no regrets. Randolph College is a very unique place. It has been special to be a part of this great College.

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