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Ohio Wesleyan University to Receive $3.25 Million Contribution
Alumnus Evan R. Corns Provides ‘Today, Tomorrow, and Forever’ Gift

October 4, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced it will receive a multiyear $3.25 million gift from Evan R. Corns, a 1959 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

The contribution from the retired Pepper Pike, Ohio, entrepreneur will support multiple facets of the university, including the Annual Fund, endowment, and campus improvement projects. One major project involves renovating the South Sandusky Street entrance to the academic side of campus.

“Choosing to attend Ohio Wesleyan University has made all the difference in my life,” said Corns, who co-founded America’s Body Company in 1976. “In giving to the university, I wanted to contribute in a way that would help Ohio Wesleyan continue to change students’ lives today, tomorrow, and forever.”

Included in Corns’ contribution is a $1 million estate gift provided in his will. Additional projects to benefit from his multimillion-dollar pledge include the university’s Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship and the Richard Fusch Fund for Excellence in Geographic Studies, which supports student and faculty research, guest lectures, and other educational opportunities.

Two of Corns’ three daughters and one of his sons-in-law also graduated from Ohio Wesleyan. In anticipation of Corns’ 70th birthday in November, his family—including Nancy Corns Littlehale ’98, Katy Corns Walker ’91, and Scott Walker ’88—recently presented Corns with his own “forever” gift.

Corns’ family created The Evan R. Corns ’59 Endowed Scholarship in his name. His daughter Andrea Corns Hill and sons-in-law Eric Hill and Andrew Littlehale also helped to create this enduring gift, which will benefit Ohio Wesleyan students with significant financial need.

“Evan Corns and his family are very special to Ohio Wesleyan University,” said David O. Robbins, Ph.D., provost and interim president. “Evan’s energy and excitement enrich our campus every day. His commitment to our mission, his passion for his alma mater, and his generosity truly will benefit Ohio Wesleyan ‘today, tomorrow, and forever.’ ”

Kathe Law Rhinesmith ’64, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, said Corns always has been deeply dedicated to Ohio Wesleyan. “Evan is a constant source of fresh ideas and an energetic principal in projects to move the university forward,” Rhinesmith said. “This generous gift is one more example of his vision and leadership.”

Corns’ gift marks the fourth time this year that Ohio Wesleyan has announced alumni contributions of more than $1 million. In July, the university received a multimillion-dollar gift from Gordon V. and Helen Crider Smith to support gift planning. In August, the university announced a $6 million bequest from Robert C. Manchester, M.D., for scholarships and a $2.3 million bequest from George S. Peters, M.D., to create an endowed chair.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.