Walkers donate $250,000 to VC Fine Arts Department
Kay and Ron Walker recently donated $250,000 to Victoria College’s Fine Arts Department.

Victoria College’s Fine Arts Department will see some improvements thanks to a generous $250,000 donation made by Kay and Ron Walker.

The Walkers have a long history of supporting fine arts in Victoria. They have served on the boards for the Victoria Symphony Society, Victoria Regional Museum Association, Victoria Fine Arts Association, Victoria Bach Festival, Museum of the Coastal Bend and Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum.

“It is hard to imagine higher education without a strong arts program,” said Ron Walker. “We hope this contribution will serve the dual purpose of helping individual students and enriching our community with strong programs, exhibits and performances.”

Ron Walker, a partner at Walker Keeling law firm, has served on the Victoria College Board of Trustees since 1985 and as chair since 2008. Kay Walker is a member of the University of Houston-Victoria President’s Regional Advisory Board and served on the UH System Board of Regents from 1993 to 1999.

The Walkers recently received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“We are so appreciative of Kay and Ron Walker,” VC President Dr. David Hinds said. “The Walkers are longtime supporters of higher education and the arts in Victoria. Their generosity will help Victoria College continue to offer quality opportunities for students and our community in the fine arts arena.”

“Combined with recent funds received from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation, the generous donation from the Walkers will help the Fine Arts Department at Victoria College enhance and expand its instructional and cultural opportunities,” said VC Vice President of College Advancement and External Affairs Jennifer Yancey.

The Walkers’ gift and Johnson Foundation grant will allow VC’s Fine Arts Department to purchase new instruments and innovative visual art components as well as fund renovations to the Fine Arts Building.

“We have some instruments that have been in use at VC for 50 years or more,” said VC Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Jonathan Anderson. “The new instruments will greatly benefit VC’s efforts to recruit music students and allow this department to meet the needs and demands of today’s students.”

Victoria College, which is the only higher education institution in the area with a full range of fine arts offerings, strives to prepare students for transfer as fine arts majors, develop students’ creative talents, provide rich fine arts experiences for all students, and contribute to the life and culture of the community.

For more information about VC’s Fine Arts Department, call (361) 582-2530 or contact Anderson at Jonathan.Anderson@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016

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