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Visionary Leadership for C-N’s Future

Not unlike the Eden story itself, the inclusion of women made our institution complete. Having established Newman College as “a female institute” in 1882, Carson College leaders quickly understood that combining halves would make a better whole. The 1889 merger of the two made Carson-Newman a very early entrant in coeducation.

Born from that spirit of inclusion, Women of Vision is an organization that seeks to revolutionize support for Carson-Newman. "Women are transformational leaders while men are more likely to be transactional leaders," notes Alice Eagly, a social psychologist at Northwestern University. "Transformational leaders are those who serve as role models, who mentor and empower…."

While Carson-Newman has long benefited from individual charitable contributions by alumnae and other women who appreciate the University, WOV will provide unique avenues for personal, professional and philanthropic investments that are indeed transformational. We will also benefit future generations of young women as we lead by example, teach by mentoring, and build a network that encourages personal development and fosters engagement. We can offer these coming generations the model of strategic thinking, impassioned action, generous giving and the demonstration of good decision making.

This is a special opportunity to partner with like-minded women to make a tangible and lasting difference for Carson-Newman and its students. It will be a bold enterprise that needs pragmatic and creative partners with a wide array of abilities. Through Women of Vision, we will be able to pool our resources, build upon a stellar foundation to pursue an unprecedented level of excellence and make transformational education a reality.

Our group is open to women who love Carson-Newman University and who value its noble mission to help students become educated citizens and world-wide servant leaders. We invite you to bring your ideas, your gifts of encouragement and your willingness to consider financial support to this effort.

If you are intrigued by the idea of Women of Vision and would like more information, please contact Leah Smith at 865-471-3459 or via email at wov@cn.edu

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