Coker Honors Bush’s 35 Years of Service

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. –Coker College honored a man that has been the College’s chief fundraiser and a key member of Coker’s leadership team for more than three decades last week, Frank Bush.

Surrounded by family, friends and co-workers, Bush was the guest of honor at a retirement party to recognize his 35 years of service to Coker College.

“Frank’s significant influence can be seen all around the Coker campus and the Hartsville community,” said College President Dr. Robert Wyatt. “Coker is indebted to him and his wife Frankie for leading our advancement efforts for so many years.”

Highlighting the evening was the announcement of the Frank Bush Endowed Scholarship, a $52,000 scholarship to be awarded to a fine arts student at Coker. The scholarship was established by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Coker in honor of Frank Bush’s service to the College.

“I was extremely surprised to have a scholarship endowed in my name,” said Bush. “I was overwhelmed to receive such an honor.”

“I have truly been blessed to have worked with so many outstanding people,” Bush added. “I often get asked why I stayed at Coker so long, and the answer is that Coker is better than other colleges. The transformation a student makes here is life changing.”

Bush came to Coker College in 1975 as Director of Admissions. In 1979, he established the Office of Development with the responsibility of raising funds for the College’s facilities, academic programs and scholarship fund. In 1988, Bush was named Vice President of Institutional Advancement with oversight of the development, alumni relations and public relations functions of the College. In 1995, Bush was appointed Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Over the course of his career at Coker, Bush has raised approximately $80 million for the College, including capital campaigns and annual scholarship funds. Some of his achievements include the funding of campus facilities such as the Gladys C. Fort Art Building, opened in 1983, the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center, opened in 1997, and the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center, opened in 2008.

Bush will officially retire from Coker in January 2011. When asked what he plans to do after retirement, Bush said that he and his wife, Frankie, are not going anywhere, Hartsville is their home. In fact, Bush plans on continuing to work in Hartsville; he will be serving as the Senior Vice President for Myers-McRae, a higher education executive search firm.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 
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