David and Marilyn Fulton, Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms, and Bill and Felicia Quigg are among the newest inductees to the Indiana University Presidents Circle. They were recognized for their philanthropy, strong support and dedication to Indiana University East and IU during a ceremony held September 1 at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana University inducted 161 individuals into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the Presidents Circle, which honors individuals whose lifetime giving to IU has reached $100,000. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith presided over the ceremony.
Established in 1992, the Presidents Circle honors Indiana University’s most generous donors. New Presidents Circle members were presented with a personalized medallion cast with a portion of the original carillon bells that once rang in the IU Bloomington Student Building. In addition, their names were added to the honor wall in the Indiana Memorial Union.
IU East Chancellor Emeritus David Fulton was recognized posthumously, along with his wife Marilyn who continues to live in Centerville, Indiana. Fulton passed away September 11, 2016. He was IU East’s fourth chancellor and led the campus from 1995-2007. He served as interim chancellor in 1986-1987 and 1994-1995.
Fulton received his Ph.D. in East European History from Indiana University Bloomington. He first came to Richmond in 1971 when he was hired as an instructor in history and political science, the same year IU East was established as an institution by the IU Board of Trustees. He was later promoted as an assistant professor in history and political science and took on additional administrative roles.
Fulton continued his involvement with the university following his retirement in 2007, contributing to multiple funds and scholarships at IU and IU East. An avid supporter of the arts, Fulton was instrumental in naming the Tom Thomas Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall, after his friend and colleague. He helped to establish IU East’s extensive art collection.
In 2016, he and his wife, Marilyn, established an endowed gift to continue building on the legacy he has established at IU East. The David and Marilyn Fulton Fund for the Arts encourages students to explore the arts. Marilyn Fulton received her associate degree in nursing from IUPUI. She provided her support and service while Fulton was chancellor.
Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms first came to IU as graduate students where Charlie received his Master of Science in College Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from IU and Jeanetta received her master’s in mathematics.
Charlie Nelms served IU East as its third chancellor and a professor of education from 1987-1994. He served IU for more than 20 years in numerous capacities, including associate dean for academic affairs and chief student affairs officer at IU Northwest, vice president for institutional development and student affairs, and professor of higher education.
Jeanetta Nelms served as a mathematics teacher at the high school and college level, and a university academic advisor. She was the founding director of the 21st Century Scholars Program at IU Bloomington, retiring from the position in 2008.
Outside of the IU system, Charlie also served as chancellor and professor of education at the University of Michigan-Flint, and chancellor at North Carolina Central University. He received IU’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the President’s Medal, the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion and the IU School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award. Nelms retired as chancellor from North Carolina Central University in July 2012.
Jeanetta and Charlie Nelms serve as mentors for countless students of color at IU, support the Kinsey Institute, the IU East Fund, the Neal Marshall Education Center, WTIU, the Millennium Fund, scholarships, fellowships, and the School of Education Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms Graduate Student Professional Development Fund.
Felicia and Bill Quigg, of Richmond, Indiana, also have a long standing history with IU. Felicia Quigg attended both the Bloomington and Richmond campuses, graduating in 2005. She continues to be involved with the university, including service on the IU East Board of Advisors for the past five years. Felicia and Bill also served as co-chairs of the Campaign for Community, which raised $1.7 million to fund IU East’s fifth building, the Student Events and Activities Center.
Bill Quigg has been president of Richmond Baking since 2002. A family business, Bill Quigg has held a variety of positions at Richmond Baking. The company has continued to grow and prosper, and now includes four operations in Indiana, Georgia, Hawaii and a brand new facility under construction in Versailles, Kentucky.
Felicia Quigg joined Richmond Baking in 2008, focusing on operations improvement. She soon took over management of the human resources group, Family Pride, where she is now vice president for all company operations.
The Quigg’s support of IU East includes areas such as the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, capital improvements such as the Student Events and Activities Center, and the launch of the IU School of Medicine clerkship program on the IU East campus with collaboration from Reid Health.