Cameron University honors IBC Bank of Lawton and Lawton Retail Merchants Association

The executive boardroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC) will be named "The IBC Bank/Retail Merchants Association Executive Boardroom," Cameron University President Cindy Ross announced today following approval by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. The naming of the boardroom comes in recognition of a major gift to the Cameron University's Centennial Changing Lives Campaign.

"When we announced our historic fundraising campaign in 2006, Brian Henry of IBC Bank of Lawton and Dr. Gilbert C. Gibson of the Lawton Retail Merchants Association joined forces and provided the first gift by a local business," Ross explains. "This early donation of $60,000 was instrumental in motivating other businesses to join the campaign, which ultimately raised more than $12.5 million, including more than $6.5 million for construction of the McMahon Centennial Complex. On behalf of Cameron's students, faculty and staff, as well as the countless community members who will enjoy the McMahon Centennial Complex, I thank them for their leadership and support."

"At IBC, our culture is to fully integrate ourselves into the communities in which we operate," says Brian Henry, President, IBC Bank Lawton Financial Center. "With all of the positive momentum that Cameron University has, it was not difficult to decide to become an integral part of this growth. We are truly honored to be a partner with RMA and Cameron University for many years to come."

"We are fortunate to have President Cindy Ross leading Cameron University into its second century," says Dr. Gilbert C. Gibson, President, Lawton Retail Merchant Association board of directors. "Her leadership and Cameron University's importance in southwest Oklahoma provided RMA and IBC Bank every reason to support this endeavor."

The IBC Bank/Retail Merchants Association Executive Boardroom, located on the second floor of the MCC, will provide space for business and professional meetings and conferences. Equipped with the latest in audio/visual capabilities to support interactive meetings and sophisticated presentations, the boardroom will be an active and impressive venue. For visitors and conference attendees, it will be a highly visible illustration of the outstanding spirit of cooperation and support provided by IBC and the Lawton RMA. The MCC is currently under construction; completion is expected in the fall.

IBC Bank operates four locations in the Lawton/Fort Sill area. Led by native Lawtonian Brian Henry, IBC has been a long-time Cameron University President's Partner. Henry is a member of the Cameron University Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the foundation's Audit and Budget Committee.

The Lawton Retail Merchants Association, led by Dr. Gilbert C. Gibson, is also a long-time supporter of Cameron. With a contribution of $250,000 in 1994, the association established CU's Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair to advance the teaching of leadership in business. Last year, the association created the Lawton Retail Merchants Association President's Distinguished Scholarship. Dr. Gibson is a member of the Centennial Commission as well as the Cameron University Foundation's Board of Directors, where he serves on the foundation's Investment Advisory Committee.

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January 28, 2009
PR#09-007