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LSUA Foundation Receives $6.2 Million Gift

by Sarah Black | Feb 18, 2014
The LSUA Foundation received a $6.2 million gift through the Mulder Charitable Trust. It is the largest gift in the history of the university.

LSU of Alexandria Foundation will receive $6.2 million through the Mulder Charitable Trust; the largest gift in its history.

The gift will be used to benefit the students of LSUA in addition to providing resources for the faculty and staff.

Howard and Eloise Mulder were staunch supporters of LSUA. Both served on the Board of Directors for eight years and were founding members of the LSUA Foundation.  Howard Mulder also served a two-year term as Foundation president.  In 2001, Eloise and Howard Mulder were honored for their service to LSUA by being awarded the LSUA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed to anyone by the university.

“This incredible gift to LSUA by Eloise and Howard Mulder is the last in a long line of generous acts by these wonderful people,” says LSUA Foundation Chairman Charles S. Weems III.  “It is the largest donation ever received by LSUA.  It will also be the gift that has the most profound effect on our community, and the scholarships, professorships and projects funded will serve as permanent and lasting tributes to Howard and Eloise.  We miss their presence; but their spirits will live on in the students for whom they have made education possible.”

The $6.2 million gift is in addition to previous donations given to LSUA by the Mulders.  Their generosity led to the establishment of the Howard M. and Eloise Ferris Mulder Endowed Professorship in Physics in 2001. In 2006, the Mulders, along with Michael Jenkins, created the Jenkins-Mulder Endowed Professorship in Business. 

This gift will be one that is felt on the LSUA campus for years to come says LSUA Interim Chancellor Paul Coreil.

“With universities now self-generating much of their funds, donations such as this one are becoming more and more important.  Howard and Eloise Mulder understood the importance of education and how it can positively affect someone’s life. With this gift, LSUA will be able to provide much needed resources for the students on campus,” says Coreil.

Eloise Mulder studied English literature, history and zoology at the University of Colorado.  Howard Mulder graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

“On behalf of the entire LSUA Foundation and LSUA campus, I would like to add our sincere thanks and humble appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mulder.  Gifts of this nature are truly amazing and heartwarming,” says Melinda Anderson, executive director of the LSUA Foundation.  “They had no official family connection to LSUA – other than they simply loved and believed in - the work that was being done at LSU of Alexandria on behalf our community and that of public higher education.  This gift will have lasting and changing impacts for LSUA and its students, faculty, and staff.  I wish I could thank them both personally face to face.  However, I think they know what they have done for us by assisting us for our future.” 

Eloise and Howard Mulder supported many civic and charitable organizations throughout central Louisiana.  Eloise Mulder passed away in 2000. Howard Mulder died in 2011.

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