Alumna Honors Anniversary with Gift to Meredith College


Meredith College proudly announces the receipt of a $1 million gift from Bobbitt Clay Williams and her husband Bill Williams of Newport Beach, Calif. The gift commemorates the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Bobbitt Williams, a 1957 graduate of Meredith, said the gift was meaningful to her because she loved her days at Meredith and believes Meredith has directly contributed to the wonderful life she has led.  Further, she says, the gift would have made her mother, Parrieleigh Clay, of Rocky Mount, N.C., quite proud.

“My mother was the kindest and most generous woman, sharing so much of what she had with others. Most important were her values, her family, and her friends.”

When asked about the purpose behind the gift, she said, “Bill and I are delighted to make a gift that helps women get an excellent education.”

Meredith will use the funds to support renovations to Johnson Hall, the historically iconic main administration building for the College.  In honor of the gift, a suite of offices will be named the Bobbitt Clay Williams Executive Suite and is expected to open in the spring.

“Meredith College is grateful to the Williams family for their gift, which is a touching tribute to the life they’ve built together and evidence of the lasting impact of the Meredith experience,” said President Jo Allen.

This gift is part of Meredith’s Beyond Strong campaign, which is building momentum toward the College’s 125th anniversary in 2016. The campaign supports six priorities identified through the College’s strategic plan: educational excellence, optimal enrollment, enhanced financial strength, cutting edge facilities and technology, greater visibility, and enhanced quality of life.

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Sign up for a Stronger U Workshop!

Have you heard about Stronger U yet? It’s a new series of non-credit workshops, seminars, and conferences we’re offering at Meredith. It’s designed for successful women who are seeking to develop their strengths, self-confidence, and leadership potential.

The next workshop is for women who are considering running for political office, or who would like to help other women running for election: Creating a Campaign Plan. This one-day workshop will teach you how to research your district so that you can develop effective campaign strategies and tactics. As a candidate, you’ll learn how to apply your strengths to your campaign. As someone working to elect women, you’ll learn how to create a winning campaign plan.

Other Stronger U workshops include strengths-based money management and career planning. Learn more at

Throwback Thursday

Between Cornhuskin’ practices, Ring Week festivities, and studying, Meredith students are still finding time to enjoy the State Fair just like these three members of the Class of 1971: from left to right, Boyd King Dimmock ’71, Gail Gaddy Dail ’71, and Nancy Watkins Laney ’71.

September 28 - State Fair 1968

Meredith Memories from the Class of 1965

Submitted by: Jessica Adams Creech ’65

Our journey together started fifty-four years ago in the fall of 1961 when we met and became close friends as young girls who just happened to be housed on 4th floor Stringfield Hall. During our 4 years at Meredith we somehow ended up living on the same hall with each other. By our senior year we wanted some way to identify ourselves as life-long friends. That’s when we became the FTTTT – Faithful Ten Through Thick and Thin. Even though our lives after college took different paths – raising our families and surviving all the joys, trials and changes that life brought us – we remained friends.

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FTTTT in 1965

Over the years we mostly kept in touch with each other in some way. At first it was weddings and then birth announcements, Christmas cards, calls, birthday cards, visits, then kids’ weddings, grandchild birth announcements, occasional travels together, and many of us visited together at class reunions. But it took the death of one of our friends, Tomilee Fulk Evans ’65, in 2009 for us to make the commitment to see each other on a regular basis – that meant a yearly trip to the beach!

After our 45th reunion in 2010, the nine of us gathered at the Butler Cottage at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms outside Charleston for a wonderfully relaxing, catching up, eating, talking and giggling week. Now it’s our yearly tradition! There is always lots of laughter, and some crying, but always happiness to be together. It is a time of reflection and enjoying who each of us had grown to be.

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Isle of Palms, 2010

We now get together (or as many as can make it) each spring for a week of just being with our long-time and Faithful Friends. We plan to do this for as long as any two of us are able to travel. We thank God for putting us in the right place at the right time with the right people. And thank you Meredith for bringing us together!

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Alumnae Travel Program Visits Italy


The Meredith Alumnae Travel Program’s most recent offering was a tour of Italy, September 10-21, 2015.

The tour began in Sansepolcro, where the group met Associate Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes and the eight students who are studying there this semester.  The travelers had the opportunity to watch the medieval cross-bow competition between Sansepolcro and Gubbio, its historic rival.

Their travels continued to Ravenna to see the 5th century mosaics, Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site to tour the Centro Storico, Duomo, and the Palazzo Ducale, and then to Orto Botanico, the world’s first botanical garden.  They explored Venice with a private walking tour and a private boat tour of the canals.  Other highlights were visits to the Guggenheim Museum and the islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido.  The Alumnae and Friends Italy trip included indulging in the food, music, beauty, and traditions of Italy.

Next, the Alumnae Travel Program will offer Exploring Majestic Spain—Moors, Monarchs, and Moderns. The trip is scheduled for June 7-19, 2016.

This is a 13-day tour of Spain, starting in Madrid and concluding in Barcelona. Highlights include major tourist attractions like Seville and Granada, with their rich Moorish heritage and architecture, as well as little known gems like the beautiful white village of Salobrena, perched above the Mediterranean. Galleries, cathedrals, mosques, palaces, museums, and flamenco dancers—as well as spectacular scenery and delicious local cuisine— promise to make this trip a most memorable one.

For more information on the Alumnae Travel Program, contact Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Denise Parker at or ext. 8051.

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