Gillettes join Pathway of Prominence at Marshall University

Saturday, September 24, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Longtime Marshall University supporters Joe and Pam Gillette became the latest to be honored with a plaque on the school’s prestigious Pathway of Prominence in a recognition ceremony today on the Huntington campus. Donors who present gifts of $1 million or more to Marshall are honored with a plaque on the Pathway, which is located between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center.

The Gillettes’ plaque is the 21st on the Pathway.

“Joe and Pam Gillette are dear friends whose commitment to Marshall is both inspiring and magnificent,” said Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp. “As distinguished alumni, they are shaping a legacy through their dedication to Marshall. This enduring tribute to them commemorates that legacy and should make everyone associated with our great university proud. They are truly making a difference in so many ways.”

In addition to the couple’s generous financial support, Joe Gillette has served on many boards of directors at Marshall, including the Society of Yeager Scholars, the MU Alumni Association and the Marshall Foundation Inc. He currently is president of the Yeager Scholars board and first vice president of the Foundation board. He also is a past president of the Thunder Club.

“Joe and Pam have been major supporters of and contributors to Marshall for a long time,” said Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation. “Their commitment to the growth of the Huntington campus and their involvement is outstanding. And, as Joe has said many times, they are planning on doing a lot more in the future. Joe has been very successful in his business as a Wendy’s franchisee, and he and Pam are willing to share their wealth and experience with their alma mater.”

In 2008, the Marshall University Welcome Center was renamed the Joseph M. Gillette Welcome Center in honor of Joe’s late father. Joe and Pam made a financial commitment to the university which resulted in the renaming of the center. Joe said the center’s new name was a way to memorialize his father.

He also established the Joseph M. Gillette Scholar Award, also named in memory of his late father, in 2006. The scholarship goes to a student selected to be a Yeager Scholar.

Other members of the Pathway of Prominence include:

The Arthur and Joan Weisberg family; Donald B. Harper; Bliss L. Charles; Timothy L. Haymaker and Sandra K. Haymaker; James E. Gibson and Verna K. Gibson; Elizabeth McDowell Lewis; Wilbur E. Myers; Daniel E. Wagoner and Virginia U. Wagoner; James F. Edwards and Joan C. Edwards; Clayton W. Dunlap and Bernice Virginia Dunlap; John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko; James “H.” Buck Harless; John Oliver Butler and Ruth Elizabeth Butler; Lyle A. Smith; Charles B. Hedrick and Mary Jo Hedrick; William E. Willis and Joyce L. Willis; F. Selby Wellman and Donna Bias Wellman; Robert L. Dardinger and Dianna L. Dardinger; the Maier Foundation, and C. Fred Shewey and Christine Shewey.

The Pathway of Prominence was unveiled on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002.