Solid RelationshipsJun 11th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Advancement
Enthusiasm and Dedication Drive Partnership for Success
As President of one of Delaware’s largest independent insurance agencies, L & W Insurance, Board of Trustee member and dedicated Wesley dad William J. Strickland has already proven to be a natural fit to lead Wesley’s most dedicated constituents. He was recently appointed the first president of the Wesley Society, a cultivation group for annual donors of $1,000 or more who have pledged to become instrumental partners in Wesley’s advancement efforts. The enthusiasm Strickland has shown through his involvement with the local community and his dedication to the College thus far have set the stage for a prosperous new beginning for the Wesley Society under his leadership.
Strickland first became involved with Wesley College through his son Justin, who earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration at Wesley. “While at Wesley, Justin gained a great education, played football and baseball and grew as a person. His Wesley experience was firstrate and as a parent, I am very appreciative of the significant role that Wesley played in his development,” said Strickland. He and his wife Okemah have always felt a tremendous sense of gratitude toward the College for the impact it has had on their son, and they see their contributions as small tokens of their appreciation.
Strickland expressed, “It is my desire to help Wesley College ascend to a higher level as an institution and frankly speaking, it takes money to do so.”
Strickland is equally quick to point out a community perspective of why giving to Wesley is so important. As a savvy businessman, he knows firsthand the profound economic impact that the College has on the greater Dover area, due to students and staff patronizing local businesses, restaurants and retail stores. “I feel Wesley is going to be a catalyst for the ongoing effort to revitalize the downtown Dover area,” he said.
As president of the Wesley Society, Strickland sees his role as a facilitator in developing and strengthening the relationships between Wesley and its donors, not only in the context of giving, but in having a sense of ownership in the future of the College. He will serve as an ambassador for Wesley and work closely with staff member Cathy Anderson, hired in December as director of the Wesley Society, in providing insight to current and potential Society members on the great initiatives going on at the College.
Strickland knows that Wesley cannot accomplish significant campus improvements without stronger financial support from alumni, parents, community members and other donors. He said, “Wesley Society members are partners who share a common goal of helping the College maximize its potential to better serve our growing student body.” He explained that there are many institutional needs that will not be addressed without an ongoing strong financial commitment, and he emphasized that the Wesley Society is the vehicle that will provide that commitment.
Strickland encourages those who have not already done so to spend time with President Bill Johnston. “Bill’s dynamic vision and ‘can do’ attitude are so inspiring and create a high level of confidence about our future,” he expressed.
“Becoming a Wesley Society member will allow alumni, parents and friends to support Bill’s vision for our future. Overall, your membership will solidify your relationship with Wesley College and directly impact what is a most promising future for this institution.”
For more information on how to become a charter member of the Wesley Society, click here or contact Cathy Anderson, director of the Wesley Society, at 302–736-2410 or firstname.lastname@example.org