Paul and Patricia Lingle and the Vigran Family Foundation have been recognized for their philanthropy, strong support and dedication to Indiana University East. Both were inducted to the IU Presidents Circle August 29 at a ceremony held in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana University inducted 194 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.
Paul and Patricia Lingle are dedicated to IU East and have given their time, counsel and financial support to further the campus and east central Indiana.
Paul Lingle is president of Lingle Real Estate, and is a well-known in business and community leader in Wayne County. In 2012, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from IU East, recognizing his three-part formula for a strong community: a good health system, a vibrant arts scene, and outstanding educational services. He is also a member of the IU East Board of Advisors.
Paul and Patricia Lingle established the Lingle Scholars Program at IU East in 2005 to help keep the best and brightest students in Wayne County. The four-year scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen enrolled in the IU East Honor’s Program. Additionally, the Lingles have supported IU East through the Lingle Family Foundation, which is led by Paul, Pat and their two daughters, Julie Lingle Gardner and Laura Lingle Luth.
Stanley Vigran was a lifelong resident of Richmond, Ind. He was involved in many civic projects, and he was especially instrumental in establishing Indiana University East and is considered one of the founders of the institution. He believed strongly that the campus had a tremendous capacity to drive significant, long-term economic growth. He served as a member of the Wayne County Foundation Board.
Stanley Vigran created the Vigran Family Foundation to support causes in education, religion and the arts. The Vigran family continues to run the foundation today. Gary and Ross Vigran are active participants in choosing organizations and projects to fund through the foundation.
In 2011, the Vigran Family Foundation made a significant contribution to IU East and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services to create and support a medical education program. The partnership, in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine, provides an opportunity for IU medical students to complete their third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships in Richmond.
About the IU Foundation
Founded in 1936, the IU Foundation maximizes private support for IU by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.
Today, the foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country with a market value of nearly $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.
Photo Cutline: (Left to Right) Rob Quigg, IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, Paul Lingle, Patricia Lingle, and Gary Vigran