Dr. Charles Turner, class of 1959, and his wife, Linda, Class of 1960, have done a great deal to transform Marshall University. They have been a part of the institution’s journey from college to university, from a locally focused school to nationally recognized incubator for knowledge and research.

Yet one of their great contributions to Marshall has been their support of the College of Arts and Media's Global Horizons program, which funded the Marshall University Chamber Choir’s 10-day tour of France in 2012.

The Turners met at Marshall and both have made a big impact on our community. Charles is a successful Gastroenterologist. Linda was a teacher before the couple’s four children came along and, even after the kids were born, found time to volunteer helping fifth graders. Both have been alumni association president and have been generous in participating in Foundation initiatives. They are an active couple that enjoys traveling and extending that opportunity to others.

The Turners

“Bricks and mortar are very important and very worthy of support, but the opportunity to give a young person this unique and profound experience is something that appealed to us,” said Linda.

“We are both Marshall graduates and we have been tremendously blessed and we want to pass on the blessing,” said Charles. “Certainly, school work is an important part of the educational process, but the ability to participate in travel and extracurricular activities widens the horizons.”

“Marshall gave us an excellent education and associations. We feel it’s time to pay back, not just financially but with your spirit. We feel blessed and we want to pay it back.”

Global Horizons: Enhanced Educational Experiences in the Fine Arts represents Marshall’s commitment to present fine and performing arts students with travel and international study options.