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December 7, 2012

Birmingham-Southern receives $3 million bequest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College has received a generous $3 million bequest from the estate of Ruby S. Ansley, officials announced Friday, Dec. 7.

The gift is part of a $9.3 million donation to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the second-largest in that organization’s history. The $3 million will establish a fund that will remain at the Community Foundation to support scholarship and faculty compensation at BSC. The remainder will go to support Community Foundation programs in health, human services and the visual and performing arts.

“Mrs. Ansley’s generous gift to Birmingham-Southern and to the community is continuing proof of Birmingham’s faith in and support for our college and is especially needed at a time when we’re rebuilding our financial foundation,” said Birmingham-Southern College President Gen. Charles C. Krulak. “It will allow us to fund scholarships so bright young people can have access to a transformative education and to keep our academic programs among the nation’s best.”

Mrs. Ansley, who died Jan. 3 at age 94, founded Ruby Ansley Interiors, Inc, in 1963 and was a founding member of the Alabama Chapter of the American Design Institute of Decorators. She attended Birmingham-Southern her freshman year and graduated from the University of Alabama; she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from BSC in 2003. Over the years, she donated her design services and time to such college projects as the preservation of the President’s Home and the Sorority Townhouses.

The BSC fund will be under the control of the Community Foundation and the college will be able to use the interest, estimated to begin at about $25,000/year and grow as the endowment matures.

"Mrs. Ansley was so engaged in the college in her lifetime, and we are thrilled that her support will now make a lasting difference in the life of the college and its future students," said Robert Blakely, BSC’s vice president for institutional advancement. "Her gift shows the power of planned giving in action."

About Birmingham-Southern College:
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at

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